Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

HDA and its members are committed to leading the healthcare distribution industry into a more diverse, equitable and inclusive future.

Healthcare Distribution Industry Vision

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is essential to ensuring the health and vitality of the communities we serve.

HDA is committed to collaborating across industry to develop and share DEI best practices to enhance our organizations — and ultimately strengthen the industry’s ability to innovate and deliver healthcare products safely, efficiently and reliably.

HDA members are committed to DEI in service of an array of communities including:

Our Workforces: The people we attract and hire

Our Workplaces: The environments we create

Our Customers: The people we serve

Our Approach

HDA has led an assessment process to benchmark strengths and challenges, and to understand the current landscape of diversity, equity and inclusion across the healthcare distribution industry.

Leveraging employee input from HDA members gathered through focus groups, interviews, surveys and other methods, HDA has developed a vision, goals and a measurable action plan, approved by the HDA Board of Directors, to create, sustain and expand DEI initiatives across the healthcare distribution industry.

While progress has been made in this ongoing effort, there is much work to do. These actions do not serve to simply check a box, or force a singular, inflexible option on all organizations. A collective and collaborative approach that encourages accountability for all business leaders and departments will lead to greater success.

What Does DEI Look Like in the Healthcare Distribution Industry?

  • Attracting, hiring and retaining individuals with diverse backgrounds to enhance the industry’s workforce.
  • Developing resources and guidelines to encourage inclusive and welcoming organizational work environments.
  • Identifying, selecting and collaborating with suppliers and business partners that reflect diversity.
  • Collecting and sharing data to continuously refine industry DEI strategies and sustain progress.

DEI Governance at HDA

DEI activity at HDA is managed by a board-level committee chaired by Greg Drew, President, Value Drug Company, and a member-level task force.

HDA DEI Webinar: Introducing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Into Your Workplace

Spotlighted Healthcare Distributor DEI Commitments



Henry Schein

Cardinal Health

HDA DEI Groups and Activity

Group: HDA Women’s Executive Forum

Webinar: Introducing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Into Your Workplace

Blog: HDA Dialogue Explores DE&I Efforts In the Distribution Sector

Blog: A Dialogue on Healthcare Equity and the “Road Back from COVID-19”

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