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How procurement can lead to climate-smart, sustainable health care

Health Care Without Harm, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Practice Greenhealth recently released a groundbreaking sustainable procurement guide for health care. 

One of the greatest challenges we face today is embedding sustainability and justice into the things we buy. For generations, our march toward an increasingly globalized economy has come at the expense of our health, social justice, and the environment.

The COVID-19 crisis exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our global supply chains. Yet it also has given us an opportunity to move toward localized supply chains that not only reduce environmental harm, but also provide business opportunities and jobs in the communities health care serves. 

Health care today lives with this challenge and responsibility: to lead in climate-smart and equitable purchasing practices that advance a crucial and timely transition to a post-carbon economy. Together, our collective purchasing power can shape the marketplace, create pressure for sustainable products, and embrace our broader healing mission to heal from racism and environmental destruction. We have the chance to heal from an immoral economic logic that has made both the planet and people expendable.

Gary Cohen
Founder and president
Health Care Without Harm

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