Creating a healthier society requires a healthier environment.
As part of our efforts to improve the health of our communities, we pursue our mission as prudent stewards of the environment. We have a two-pronged approach to environmental management: first, to ensure our own corporate operations protect and improve the environment; and second, to identify, and help our members choose, responsible products and services that, importantly, are safe and efficacious, yet minimize their environmental footprint.
We’re a recognized leader in environmental excellence for our commitment to collaborate with our healthcare providers on environmentally responsible purchasing and energy efficiency initiatives. Our sourcing committees include environmental impact data in their contracting decisions, and our supply chain teams are driving continued green innovations to lower costs, reduce environmental impact and minimize negative consequences to public health.
Premier’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program is intended to identify environmentally-preferable products, packaging and services. In collaboration with our contracted suppliers, sourcing team and member committees, we help to ensure the availability of those products and services for our members. Premier works with suppliers to ensure sustainability information is made available before purchasing decisions are made. Our requests for information (RFIs) include questions on environmentally preferable policies and practices and are guided by our EPP Advisory Council.
Comprised of sustainability specialists from a cross-section of member health systems, EPP Advisory Council input is vital to ensuring that our efforts reflect members’ goals, and that supplier documentation is fit for purpose. The Council serves not only to advise on EPP matters for contracts, but also as a forum for members to discuss how best to drive sustainability in healthcare and solve common challenges such as plastic elimination in the foodservice setting, composting and waste disposal, and contractual barriers to increased reuse and reprocessing.
Through these efforts, and many more, we are working to address healthcare's role in climate change.