Our Work in Sustainable Procurement

HCWH Europe is raising awareness on sustainable procurement amongst the European healthcare sector and is also advocating for green and social criteria to be implemented in tendering processes across Europe. HCWH Europe has been following developments of the debate around the new EC Public Procurement (PP) Directive proposal that became EU law in February 2014.

In response to the 2011 green paper on the modernisation of EU Public Procurement Policy, unions, fair trade organisations and NGOs - including HCWH Europe - set up the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement (NSDPP) and agreed on key demands and messages for green and social public procurement. The NSDPP has been meeting regularly and coordinating advocacy work on the debate of the recent new EU Directive on Public Procurement.

In October 2013, HCWH Europe organised the workshop Sustainable Public Procurement in European Healthcare to showcase best practices of green and social public procurement in the European healthcare sector and brought together EU policymakers and European public procurers to discuss the new text of the PP Directive and the need to include both green and social/ethical procurement under the issue of sustainable procurement.

HCWH Europe is also member of the European Working Group on Ethical Public Procurement (EWGEPP) - a network of local authorities, national governments and NGOs working together to address ethical issues, including workers' and human rights, along the supply chain of products and services that are procured by public authorities

HCWH Europe has also been contributing to the development of Green Public Procurement Criteria for electric and electronic medical devices. HCWH Europe has advocated, together with other stakeholders for the introduction of a new award criterion on Bisphenol A (BPA) (still not formally adopted by the EC) contained in certain medical devices. 

HCWH Europe is also contributing to set specific goals that can help healthcare facilities in their efforts to implement environmentally and socially responsible purchasing practices. We published in recent years: