A long way to green procurement for hospitals
More than half (54 percent) of hospitals in the US, France, Germany, Brazsil and Japan incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case within two years. This is the result of a research commissioned by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. The research surveyed 329 procurement/materials managers, doctors, nurses and hospital executives.
About eight in ten respondents (78 percent) said sustainable products help protect hospital staff and seven in ten (69 percent) said they make good financial sense; more than half (60 percent) said ‘green initiatives’ are an important factor for patients when choosing a hospital and that they help improve health outcomes (55 percent).
Although two thirds of the procurers in hospitals underlined that green procurement makes business sense 80 percent named the costs for the implementation of green procurement as a main obstacle. Only 22 percent of the hospitals have an Environmental Purchasing Policy. More than 90 percent of the procurers required lower prices for sustainable products and more information on substainability benefits.
Learn more about the research here.