Transforming Health Sector Consumption & Purchasing Patterns
Documenting and visualizing the key achievements of international development actors, which act as drivers for a significant shift towards inclusive green economies.
As the United Nations was adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, United Nations Development Programme and Health Care Without Harm began a joint project in 2016 to integrate sustainable criteria into UN health sector procurement. Supported by Skoll Foundation and UN Foundation, this project produced a number of important resources to strengthen sustainable healthcare, including a supplier engagement strategy and a systematic evidence reviews to develop a list of chemicals of concern that will guide substitution of hazardous substances when these chemicals appear in healthcare products and materials. By producing guidance documents and training for procurement officers on how to integrate sustainability into the procurement of health products, UNDP and HCWH required a summary project document that will summarise these key achievements.
The results of the project are also set to synergise with sustainable procurement work HCWH has been developing in the health sector in the United States and Europe for the past 20 years, and to scale across HCWH’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, which counts with more than 800 institutional members, representing 25,000 hospitals and health centres in 48 countries.
The design project report provides an overview of the project implementation and key achievements, while also providing insights into the next steps in moving the health sector towards greater sustainability, low carbon development, and community health. Healthcare has a central role and responsibility to help lead the way to a green, climate-smart future, and we were proud to be document these efforts.