Sustainable procurement guide bibliography

Sustainable procurement guide resource


(Sustainable procurement guide) Many resources are available to learn more about implementing a sustainable procurement program and buying sustainable products and services. The health care sustainable procurement guide refers to several of them listed below.

Member Content

Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm resources

Purchasing goods and services

Some of the following resources can be found in the Practice Greenhealth Sustainable Procurement Directory link above.

Medical devices and  supplies
Non-medical devices
Building materials and furnishings
  • Flooring
    • Guide for healthy flooring: criteria for manufacturers: guidance for manufacturers on meeting Health Care Without Harm’s healthy flooring criteria, which apply to all flooring except carpet, fluid applied floors, and concrete. 
    • Healthy flooring: identifies a purchasing goal, criteria, and supplier product lists
    • Healthy carpet: criteria for healthy carpet
  • Furniture: purchasing resources on healthy furniture for interiors of health care facilities 

Reducing health care impacts

Implementation strategies 

Cost Analysis Tools 

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 

Recognition programs

Additional resources 

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

Sustainable public procurement, general guidance

Social and ethical procurement

  • Buy Social Canada: resources to advance social procurement
  • Democracy Collaborative: a nonprofit organization working to transform our economy to build community wealth and create a next system anchored in democratic ownership.  The Healthcare Anchor Network is an initiative of the Democracy Collaborative made up of 45 health care systems building more inclusive and sustainable local economies.
  • Ethical Procurement for Health workbook: provides guidance for organizations in health care and social care sectors to embed labor standards into procurement and supplier management activities
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-based Social Marketing: provides an introduction to community-based social marketing to foster sustainable behavior

Sustainable procurement claims and labeling

Identifying criteria

United Nations resources

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