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9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Use Standardized Environmental criteria in EOI/ RFP




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities


Category Assessment



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Understand your current purchasing process, identify key players and other resources that is responsible for drafting a purchasing policy.

(1) Identify if your current patient care products are recyclable or not
(2) Identify if the product can be utilized as a multi-use product or device
(3) Are the products manufactured following safety chemical guidelines
(4) Evaluate environmental and safety training associated with the product usage
(5) Evaluate if your organization need to establish or update your Facility-Wide Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Policy
(6) Evaluate your purchasing practices; are there standards in place to ensure product lifetime environmental tracking? Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reporting?
(7) Compare your current procurement practices to a CQO (cost, quality, outcomes) approach to procurement; CQO is a multidisciplinary perspective on analyzing return on investment (ROI) for products and supplies. It incorporates TCO analysis and assists with sustainability considerations with purchasing practices.


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Cost-saving opportunities can be found through hazardous waste reduction, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the operating facility, reduced operating and disposal costs, CQO procurement approaches could improve margins for product use, and encourages more cost-competitive services for patients without compromising service quality.

Identify and establish standardized environmental policies in purchasing practices; RFI with environmental criteria encourages suppliers to include fewer resources during manufacture and follow safety guidelines and safe chemical policies; which leads to less waste in landfills, and reduced toxins released into the air, soil, and water.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Identify the decisions makers and groups you need to develop a strategy with
(2) Define stakeholders and the end-user of all those that will be affected directly and indirectly by the policy
(3) If your organization choose to adopt an EPP policy; it is critical to consider your organization's needs in relation to your sustainability goals, find alignments internally and with suppliers
(4) If your organization decides to adopt CQO purchasing practices; it is important to form a dedicated team to offer input in your procurement practices. These groups should involve teams like Procurement, Finance, Clinicians, OH&S, and Quality officers.
(5) Identify your current purchasing issues, understanding your product inefficiencies and life cycle
(6) Start drafting a list of questions to be implemented in your RFPs
(7) Add values to your questions to emphasize the importance of certain items
(8) Award contract
(9) Track progress and continue to revise EPP

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) In your contracts: ensure EPP specifications specific to the product or supplies being procured. Include specific performance improvements and measures that are associated with tracking the TCO of individual products. Consider consolidating where possible.
(2) Work with suppliers to build guidelines and policy, this will ensure understanding when measuring total costs of using a particular product or contracted service, including operational impacts, satisfaction measures, and all impacts on quality and outcomes.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Perform annual Supplier Relationship Review and are required for sustainability reporting in yearly reviews. Maintain records of turnaround time, takeback program profit and loss reporting, purchasing and operational cost, the lifespan of equipment/software updates, and inventory variations.

Perform an internal review after the program has been implemented to evaluate the operational impact of new equipment/software and environmental impact; compare to historical data.

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