Henry Schein has signed an agreement with the International College of Dentists (ICD) to become the exclusive partner for the organization’s centennial anniversary. ICD will launch a series of special events under the theme “Celebrating the First 100 Years,” scheduled throughout 2020 and leading up to a gala to be held during the ICD 2020 International Council Meeting on November 13, 2020, in Nagoya, Japan.
Through Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein will partner with ICD to recognize the outstanding and meritorious contributions of its members and extend the worldwide reach of both organizations to carry out and administer education, training, and humanitarian initiatives.
The agreement also extends Henry Schein’s four-year commitment to ICD’s Global Visionary Fund (GVF), a 501(c)(3) charitable fund created in 2013 to improve the oral health of the public and enhance the dental profession. With support from Henry Schein Cares, GVF provides financial assistance to ICD Fellows and other volunteers doing charitable work, focusing its support on humanitarian dental care projects and continuing dental education initiatives.
“We are pleased to join with the International College of Dentists to remember its past, celebrate its future, and honor the professional achievements, service, and dedication of all College members and Fellows,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein.
Founded in 1920 by Dr. Louis Ottofy and Dr. Tsurukichi Okumura, the ICD reflects their shared vision to recognize dentists who excel in professional collegiality and friendship while advancing the progress of dentistry worldwide. Today, the ICD has more than 12,000 Fellows in 122 affiliated countries.
“This will be a remarkable global effort on the part of both the leadership of the College and our Fellows who will work together for an amazing year of celebration, camaraderie, and fellowship,” said Dov Sydney, DDS, centennial general chair and ICD’s international editor and director of communications.