The hospital started to work on sustainable procurement in 2018. After identifying and gathering sustainability criteria based on the Health Care Without Harm’s Sustainable Procurement Guide, in 2020 the institution formalized and documented its sustainable procurement process.
This process focuses on identifying the supplies and services required by the Hospital, defining the selection variables, and classifying those supplies and services for prioritization purposes.
The selection variables for determining the supplies and services’ priority level are expenditure/entity’s total budget ratio; purchase volume; greatest environmental, social, or reputational impact; ability to respond to demand; and green-markets participation potential. As a result of this process, supplies, and services are classified into three priority categories: high, medium, or low, which indicate the need to substitute the supply or service in the short, medium, or long term, respectively.
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The Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) was a four-year program developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm and funded by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) that aimed to reduce the harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programs.
With an expansive and diverse network of over 1,700 members in more than 80 countries, GGHH was a key vehicle to engage the health sector around the globe on sustainable procurement through the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP).