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"Health care's collective purchasing power can shape the marketplace"

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Gary Cohen
  • Purchasing
  • Climate and Health
(Sustainable procurement guide) One of the greatest challenges we face today is embedding sustainability and justice into the things we buy. For generations, our march toward an increasingly globalized economy has come at the expense of our health, social justice, and the environment. For just as long, those costs have remained hidden, the harm externalized.  The COVID-19 crisis exposed the…

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Where to find sustainable products

  • Sustainable procurement
Sample third-party labels, certifications, and databases for health care goods and services (Sustainable procurement guide) Finding sustainable products in health care is achievable through a number of resources. The list below provides links to sustainable products identified by Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, and labels and certifications specific to the health care sector.…

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Sustainable procurement guide bibliography

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Many resources are available to learn more about implementing a sustainable procurement program and buying sustainable products and services. The health care sustainable procurement guide refers to several of them listed below.

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HealthPartners sample supply chain work plan

  • Sustainable procurement
  • HealthPartners
(Sustainable procurement guide) An action plan, like this sample supply chain workplan from HealthPartners, will help you organize human and financial resources to deliver on specific objectives and goals within your sustainability procurement strategy.

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Common procurement challenges and solutions

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Health care organizations face some common challenges when implementing sustainable procurement programs. The list below provides some helpful solutions and lessons learned by organizations with well-established sustainable procurement programs.

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Procurement data collection template

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Suppliers and Deliveries
(Sustainable procurement guide) To measure the success of a sustainable procurement initiative, use this template to request supplier spend reports.

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Standardized environmental criteria guidance

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
Standardized environmental criteria technical details (Sustainable procurement guide) Practice Greenhealth’s standardized environmental criteria are explained in detail below in order for suppliers and health care organizations to understand the intent, rationale, and applications to products. General disclosure Responses to the following criteria are for information and may or may not be…

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How to assess sustainability impacts

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) This checklist helps facilities embed sustainability in procurement processes by creating a profile of the environmental impact of a product or a service.

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Standardized environmental criteria

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Kaiser Permanente
(Sustainable procurement guide) To reduce human health and environmental impacts of products purchased in health care, the standardized environmental criteria support identifying and purchasing sustainable products. The criteria address two important impact areas: chemicals of concern and waste reduction. Practice Greenhealth has developed guidance for the criteria that explains to suppliers and…

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Model sustainable procurement policy

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Policy
(Sustainable procurement guide) Health care facilities may wish to adapt this template from Practice Greenhealth to develop their own sustainable procurement policy.

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