Our Supply Chain Management (SCM) department is responsible for taking into consideration our environmentally preferred purchasing policy when contracting items for the enterprise. Initiatives include minimizing waste and packaging, increasing fuel economy, reducing hazardous waste and bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs), and improving energy efficiency and air quality.
The Office for a Healthy Environment (OHE) represents Cleveland Clinic as participants in Practice Greenhealth’s market transformation working groups for safer chemicals and healthier foods in healthcare. The goal of these groups is to leverage the aggregate buying power of participating health systems in order to accelerate the transformation of the health care supply chain towards more sustainable and healthier products, technologies, and services.
OHE works with our Supply Chain Management team, key suppliers and our food service vendors to increase our local food purchasing, achieve a 20% reduction in meat spend and decrease our meat purchases raised with antibiotics. Additionally, we are evaluating various clinical product categories for PVC and DEHP toxicity, and are already 100% PVC/DEHP free on products such as umbilical vessel catheters.
Cleveland Clinic convenes a strategic sourcing table on a monthly basis to review the environmental attributes of procurement contracts coming through for consideration. We evaluate our new vendors using a sustainability scorecard to benchmark them against their peers, and we utilize a similar system to track the ongoing sustainability progress of our top suppliers. Successes in 2017 included the purchasing of high-efficiency, ultra-low temperature freezers, packing and shipping reductions for multiple vendors and increasing energy efficiency on Med Gas contracts, ENERGYSTAR and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) IT contracts, and kitchen recapture projects.
Sustainability Contract Requirements
Cleveland Clinic is committed to leading the healthcare sector in redesigning a more sustainable future. Sustainability language is embedded into our requested proposals, and we ask our supply chain partners to disclose their sustainability initiatives and progress. We are committed to reducing our energy intensity, increasing our recycling, selecting non-hazardous alternatives to conventional products, promoting efficient transport and green cleaning. All contracted vendors are required to provide us with sustainability metrics around our key enterprise goals. We strive to educate our patients, caregivers and communities on our environmental commitments as we strive to reach our goals.