Joint commitment on sustainable healthcarePublished on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:47
“We need to make sure that when international organizations procure health commodities, we promote responsible consumption and production patterns and support the Sustainable Development Goals,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in signing the joint statement at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
With the Paris Agreement recently having entered into force, the Statement comes at an important time for human and planetary health, and clearly represents the joint SPHS commitment to lower the environmental and social impact of the global health procurement, with a final aim of improving human health and well-being.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark released a video statement, highlighting the importance of mounting a successful and responsible response to current environmental and development challenges through sustainable supply chains in healthcare.
Joint Statement on Engaging with Suppliers and Manufacturers to Promote Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement on Health Commodities
07 December 2016
Cognizant of existing international agreements, declarations, and commitments that reaffirm the above;
Understanding that procurement can contribute to sustainable development, particularly where it promotes responsible consumption and production patterns, as called for in Sustainable Development Goal 12, and where it positively influences the application of environmental and social standards to products and services, including the health sector;
Mindful that such engagement is part of our collective commitment to ensuring environmental and social commitment to ensuring environmental and social responsibility of our own procurement practices;
We, the undersigned Signatories, agree to align our approach to engagement and communication with suppliers and manufacturers of health commodities in our efforts to collectively advance environmentally and socially responsible procurement;
- Take into account compliance by manufacturers with applicable national and international legislation and regulations addressing environmental issues associated with manufacturing;
- Be supportive of wider principles of value for money and effective competition based on equal treatment, transparency, and accountability;
- Balance important environmental, social, health, and economic priorities;
- Recognize the different mandates of the Signatories, and opportunities for engagement with suppliers and manufacturers available to each;
- Build upon existing good practice, including relevant ongoing interagency efforts to advance environmentally and socially responsible procurement.