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Sustainable Supply Chain

What is "sustainable supply chain" in health care?

The topic area of Sustainable Supply Chain refers to a strategy and process in the health care focused supply chain management that seeks to proactively manage and minimize any negative environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with the goods and services provided to health care. Beyond minimizing negative impacts, sustainable supply chain seeks to maximize the positive impacts when practically feasible.

Why strive for a sustainable supply chain in health care?

Supplies and services need to be managed on a sustainability level for the following reasons:

Lower Business Risk: This includes reputational, regulatory, safety, and legal risks.

Achieve Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP):  This includes the creation of policies, guidelines, and evaluatoin criteria for the purchase of environmnentally friendly products and services.

Reduce Material Waste: This including operational supply chain materials as well as a focus on health care product packaging waste and single use device waste.

Realize Process Efficiencies: This includes operational efficiencies through supply chain processing and distribution channels.

Reduce the Carbon Footprint: This includes the distribution channels and its associated carbon footprint.

Does the EES team have any strategic partnerships in achieving sustainable supply chain goals / targets?

Health Care Shared Services B.C. (HSSBC), which falls under Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) does the majority of procurement for all the Health Authorities across British Columbia. HSSBC is the key stakeholder and has been instrumental in focusing on establishing supply chain sustainability.

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability group works with HSSBC to continue to reduce the organization(s) waste, improve operational efficiencies, and thus improving the impact health care has on the human and environmental health.

The Lower Mainland Health Care Organizations will become a Canadian leader in fostering healthy communities, workplaces and the eco-systems through leveraging the purchasing power of the health care system.

1. In 2015 the EES team will work with BC Clinical and Support Services to better organize their sustainable supply chain strategy and deliverables. 


Priority actions 

Start a Sustainable Purchasing program by:

a. Secure an FTE to: Design, implement and evaluate an accountability system 

b. Develop and implement standard operating procedures, tools and process that embed sustainability into regular purchasing practices 

c. Identify and engage strategic suppliers to improve the sustainability performance of their operations and products / services

d. Collaborate with health care buying groups (GPOs) on targeted procurements


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