The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst) works with CSR to demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to sustainable practices and leadership and to build positive stakeholder relationships with patients, suppliers and others.
With a purchasing power of more than 20 billion NOK a year, Helse Sør-Øst wishes to use this buying power in support of green supply chain demands and for ethical supply chains in public procurement.
Helse Sør-Øst has also created a standard for environmental management in all of the regions hospitals. The primary task is to be a driving force for sustainable procurements e.g. life cycle costs and an ethical supply chain, taking the environmental impact of its manufacture and disposal into account.
A multiple prize-winner
The organization has won several prizes for its efforts to promote ethical trade and procurement.
In 2010, for example, the organization won the Norwegian award “Not at any price” for promoting ethical procurement and in 2011 Helse Sør-Øst’s own Grete Solli won the prize ‘”ildsjæl” (driving force) of the year’ – being the most enthusiastic promoter of ethical trade.
Grete Solli, special advisor, environment and social responsibility at Helse Sør-Øst, became a Premium member of the Social Business Club to continuously increase her knowledge about CSR, get guidance and advise from other business experts, and to share experiences. See her testimonial in the column to the left.
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