Sustainable Procurement - Resources

Table of contents

  1. Guidance documents
  2. Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth resources
  3. Additional resources
  4. Product specifications



1. Guidance documents


2. Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth resources

A. Purchasing goods and services

-- Food

-- Medical devices and supplies

-- Non-medical devices

-- Building materials and furnishings

B. Reducing health care impacts

C. Implementation strategies

D. Cost Analysis Tools

E. Purchasing Cooperative

  • Greenhealth Exchange: Purchasing cooperative that makes it easy to source products and services used in health care settings that are good for people, the planet, and the bottom line

F. Case studies on sustainable procurement

  • Global green and healthy hospitals case studies: Health care organizations around the world share their purchasing successes and learn from each other
  • Sample of case studies (Practice Greenhealth):
    • Fluid management in the operating room: A case study on how one health care organization reduced waste and increased staff safety by switching to a fluid management system
    • Reusable textiles: A case study on the strategies and implementation process taken by one health care organization to move away from disposable to reusable textiles to save money and reduce waste
    • Reusable trocars: A case study of the process used by one health care organization to evaluate and compare total costs of reusable and disposable trocars to find significant cost savings
  • Strategic Procurement in European Healthcare: Selection of best practice and case studies

G. Recognition programs


3. Additional resources

You may also find helpful the following external resources on implementing sustainable procurement:

A. Sustainable public procurement, general guidance

B. Social and ethical procurement

C. Sustainable procurement claims and labeling

D. Identifying criteria

E. United Nations resources


4. Product specifications