OAKVILLE, ON, May 18, 2022 /CNW/ - HealthPRO's inaugural Sustainability Rounds event has begun a critically important dialogue on actions the health sector can take to improve sustainability.
Peter Smith, keynote speaker at the April 26, 2022 event, and author of Procurement with Purpose, noted, "Most organizations, including those in healthcare, can do more to change the world through how they influence their suppliers and supply chain than by taking actions internally."
The event sought to inspire more than 300 delegates in attendance made up of healthcare professionals, suppliers and government in Canada and worldwide to do just that.
Featuring speakers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and local experts, participants learned about impactful projects and how these efforts can be leveraged in to make our system more sustainable. This includes how we can reduce single-use plastics by migrating to more reusable materials in healthcare facilities, and what to consider when starting a sustainable procurement plan.
Feedback from conference participants reinforces that more work needs to be done to improve Canada's sustainability performance but there is willingness to take action. For example, 57 per cent of participants are currently not measuring their organizations' impact, however, 81 per cent see the benefits of investing in sustainable products and operations, while 91 per cent of poll respondents would be willing to pay more for supplies that improve sustainability.
"This is just the beginning," said Renato Discenza, President and CEO of HealthPRO. "We are honoured to take a leadership role in bringing the sector together to learn, cultivate ideas and partnerships, and encourage one another in this journey towards becoming more sustainable across all aspects – social, environmental, and economic."
HealthPRO encourages healthcare organizations to commit to action today by signing the Health Without Harm pledge.
About HealthPRO HealthPRO is Canada's national group contracting provider for healthcare, bringing together the national buying power and expertise of 1,300 member organizations to deliver contracts for high-quality products and services, saving both time and money for healthcare institutions across the country.
SOURCE HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc.
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