Novation, a leading healthcare supply contracting company, has invited its suppliers to incorporate sustainability into their company practices.
In a letter signed by Novation’s member-driven Environmental Advisory Group and Peter Allen, senior vice president of sourcing operations, more than 500 of the company’s suppliers were asked to look into their manufacturing and distribution processes to see where they can implement specific sustainable practices.
For instance, Novation wants its suppliers to:
- minimize packaging
- use recycled and recyclable content in products and packaging
- support device re-manufacturing
- disclose all information regarding the chemical and material composition of products and reduce the use of materials of concern
- reduce the amount of energy and water in manufacturing and distribution
- invest in the use of alternative energy sources for manufacturing and distribution
- move toward sustainable and renewable raw materials
- support organizations that extend the life of surplus equipment and supplies
As a leader in healthcare supply contracting, Novation is well-positioned to drive environmentally preferred purchasing. And according to its website, the company believes (as I do) that environmentally preferred purchasing can be achieved without sacrificing patient care –and that, in fact, sustainable sourcing can be an important step to improving patient care.
From the company’s website:
Novation supports decreasing exposure to toxins, reducing energy usage and carbon emissions, and minimizing waste, all of which provide a healthier environment for patients, employees and the community at large.
More information about Corporate Social responsibility at Novation is available here.