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About Celesio

Celesio is a leading international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. The proactive and preventive approach ensures that patients receive the products and support that they require for optimum care.

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With strong brands and about 37,000 employees, the group is active in 13 European countries (thereof with own operations in ten countries; Celesio manages operations in two countries and participates in a joint venture in one country). Every day, the company serves over 2 million customers – at more than 2,150 pharmacies of its own, at about 300 managed pharmacies and at over 4,500 participants in the brand partnership schemes. With 107 wholesale branches in Europe, Celesio supplies more than 50,000 pharmacies and hospitals every day with up to 130,000 pharmaceutical products.

McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, USA, is the majority shareholder in Celesio AG. The company acquired more than 75 percent of Celesio AG shares in February 2014. McKesson provides solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services.

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Our values

At Celesio, more than 37,000 colleagues work in 13 countries speaking 10 different languages. But one thing unites us and connects us across teams, business units, locations and functional areas: our values. We call these shared principles ICARE.


We do what’s right.
Our employees make decisions, both big and small, with a focus on what is ethically right. Above all, we are committed to the greater good — for our company, our customers and the health care industry.


We succeed when our customers succeed.
Our commitment to our customers sets us apart. We hear time and again from our customers that they choose us for our follow-through and customer-focused service. Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, and our success comes from their success. They benefit from our company’s customised approach to their business and our ability to help them stay ahead of the changing health care landscape.


We take personal responsibility for our actions and our work.
Our employees make personal commitments — to their customers, vendors, colleagues and jobs. We hold ourselves accountable for keeping those promises, and we take individual responsibility for the decisions we make to get results for our customers. We build trust with our customers by delivering on our promises.


We treat people with dignity and consideration.
Our people treat each other, our customers and our vendors with dignity, consideration, open-mindedness and respect. By valuing diverse styles and skills, recognising each individual’s contribution, and staying open to each other’s perspectives, our company cultivates an environment of innovation and collaboration — which pays off in the way we solve problems for our customers.


We insist upon quality.
Our journey to excellence never ends — we always aim higher for our customers and partners. We take action with success in mind and focus on results, constantly finding new ways to innovate and improve, and we rigorously measure our progress. When customers choose our company, they’re choosing an industry leader who will work tirelessly to achieve excellence in quality, safety and efficiency — for the better health of our customers and the entire health care industry.

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Business combination with McKesson

McKesson headquarters, San Francisco
McKesson headquarters, San Francisco

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better.

McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. 

McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services.

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On 23 January 2014 McKesson has announced the purchase of Celesio. Here you can find further information about this topic.