Oakland, Calif.-based, 29-hospital Kaiser Permanente said it will begin using a sustainability scorecard that will require suppliers to provide environmental data on products.
Kaiser to require products' environmental data
The goal of the program, according to a news release, will be to encourage suppliers across the healthcare industry to provide greener products. Kaiser officials said the scorecard would provide detailed environmental data on the $1 billion worth of medical supplies and equipment used annually in its hospitals and other facilities.
The sustainability scorecard includes questions about product contents—which includes a list of chemicals of concern—packaging and transportation methods. Suppliers also will be asked to provide information about their environmental policies and climate action plans.
The healthcare system said its group purchasing organization, Broadlane, has agreed to adopt the sustainability tool in September 2010.
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