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D6 – Strategies for Implementing a Sustainable Procurement Program

Cumberland 3/4

What strategies should health care organizations have in place to advance procurement of goods and services that reduce or eliminate impact to health and the environment while continuing to meet cost and quality priorities? In this session, learn what two health care organizations have found effective.

One key component for sustainable procurement programs is setting program goals to identify and define priorities. Hospitals purchase hundreds of thousands of items every year and many staff are responsible for making purchasing decisions. It’s important to take time to identify an action plan and annual goals, aligning them with the organization’s mission. In this session, understand how supply chain departments are setting goals to prioritize this work and the steps they are taking to ensure positive outcomes.

In addition to setting program goals, another key component of sustainable procurement is identifying sustainability criteria to inform purchasing decisions. But what criteria should health care organizations use to evaluate what is a sustainable supplier? Find out how one health system is responding to advance sustainability and the engagement strategies that ensure suppliers know their organization’s expectations. What are the questions to ask of suppliers? How can a health system determine who deserves a hospital’s procurement business based on a supplier’s sustainability efforts? Learn how health care organizations are engaging the private sector and advocating for positive, sustainable change.

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