Acting now will bring the biggest benefits
As Robert has said before, if this past year has taught us anything, it’s how interconnected the social, economic and environmental challenges we face are. We both believe passionately that the challenges faced by the healthcare industry are equally interconnected, and that actively contributing to sustainable development is not only good for business, it is the only way to do business. As such, we call upon healthcare leaders to embrace sustainability on multiple levels – in operations, procurement, purchasing, maintenance and new models of care.
We also call for more urgency. The Future Health Index 2021 report shows that healthcare leaders are looking to prioritize sustainability in healthcare facilities in three years. But I urge leaders to start sooner than that. If I were to go back to running a hospital again, I would be looking at ways to connect our sustainable practices with sustainable methods of delivering care today. Because I can see how they are both desperately needed to deliver better outcomes, lower costs, and better patient and staff experiences.
So let’s join together, act now, and set ourselves on a more sustainable course for the future.
It’s indisputable that the efforts of caring for our earth and caring for our communities go hand in hand. As part of our mission, we have an ambitious goal to improve the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030, while acting responsibly towards our planet at every step. Click here to learn more about how Philips is working towards a stronger, more accessible, and truly sustainable healthcare system in the U.S., and globally.