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Cleveland Clinic Releases First Sustainability Report Using Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines

United Nations Global Compact Report Provides Highest Standards of Transparency on Cleveland Clinic’s Sustainability and Ethics Initiatives

May 29, 2012

Cleveland Clinic has released its most comprehensive sustainability report to date, and for the first time applied rigorous Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, becoming one of the first health systems to do so.

Cleveland Clinic’s third annual United Nations Global Compact Report on Progress provides a summary of progress in the areas of environmental sustainability, diversity, fairness and integrity. In compliance with GRI guidelines, the report was created based on feedback from the health system’s key stakeholders.

Cleveland Clinic leaders conducted sessions with focus groups, including two groups identified as primary stakeholders – patients and caregivers. As a result of those meetings, the report focuses on three areas: patient and caregiver safety, community involvement and environmental stewardship.

“This report demonstrates Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to transparency and to listening to what is most important to our stakeholders,” said Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Executive Sustainability Officer, for Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment. “We’re pleased to be among the first hospital systems to follow the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, and remain committed to the same high standards in the future.”

Cleveland Clinic became the first healthcare provider to sign the UN Global Compact in 2008.

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About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact brings together UN agencies, labor, civil society and governments to advance 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Through the power of collective action, the UN Global Compact seeks to mainstream these 10 principles in business activities around the world and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. For more information, visit

About the Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the steward of the most widely-used reporting framework for performance on human rights, labor, environmental, anti-corruption and other citizenship issues. The GRI G3 Guidelines offer globally-recognized reporting guidance, and are recommended for use by the UN Global Compact. For more information, visit

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

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