Supporting Partners

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in more than 170 countries and territories helping to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. UNDP offers its expertise in development thinking and practice, and decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

In order to fulfill its mandate and achieve its vision of empowered lives and resilient nations, UNDP procures a significant volume of goods and services.

To help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion, while at the same time address the issues of climate change, UNDP promotes more sustainable production and consumption practices. Sustainable procurement means making sure that the products and services bought by UNDP are as sustainable as possible, with the lowest environmental impact and most positive social results. Procurement, therefore, plays a key role in contributing to sustainable development.

UNDP is also a host agency to the informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS). The SPHS brings together 7 UN agencies and 3 multilateral health financing institutions committed to leverage their normative mandate, joint procurement volumes and technical expertise to introduce sustainable procurement policies and practices in the global health aid market.


UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, works in over 150 countries and territories that are home to the majority of the world’s people. We focus on women and young people because these are groups whose ability to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health is often compromised.

Climate change increases the magnitude and frequency of natural disasters. In these crises, women and girls often lose access to vital health services, including sexual and reproductive health care. They face a heightened risk of gender-based violence. UNFPA provides critical sexual and reproductive health products and services, raises awareness of the increased risks, and provides psychosocial support to survivors of violence.

As the world’s largest procurer of contraceptives, UNFPA has introduced an environmental component into our supplier selection process with the goal of safeguarding a sustainable environment. UNFPA Green Procurement Strategy is the framework which outlines our environmental focus areas. It is important for UNFPA to engage current and future suppliers in integrating environmental criteria into their businesses rather than restricting their ability to partake in the procurement process. In the long term, suppliers will be expected to meet or exceed UNFPA’s requirements.

The United Nations’ global corporate environmental management strategy focuses on moving the organization towards a climate-neutral UN and on minimizing its general environmental impact. In 2014, UNFPA became a carbon neutral organization and continues to take measures to maintain climate neutrality.


The Capital Region of Denmark is a public authority headed by democratically elected politicians which manages hos

pitals, performs research and services for the disabled and 

undertakes environment​​al duties. The Region collaborates with municipalities and the business community on developments concerning traffic, business and education. It covers the geographical area of ​​Copenhagen and North Zealand including Copenhagen airport and one of its main objectives is that hospitals, businesses, and corporate centers are run with the lowest CO2 impact possible.

The Capital Region focuses on initiatives in the areas of energy, waste as resources, transport, and green public procurement to develop more environmentally friendly hospitals. It promotes green growth and innovation in the region in close cooperation with private companies, knowledge institutions, and other relevant actors in the field.

The Capital Region of Denmark is a part of Greater Copenhagen. Greater Copenhagen is a business and political collaboration between 79 municipalities and 3 regions in Eastern Denmark and Skåne in Southern Sweden. Greater Copenhagen is home to 3.9 million people. The vision is to attain a position as one of the most successful metropolises in Europe.


The Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH) is a cross-sector cluster for stakeholders, organisations, projects, and expert knowledge within sustainable healthcare.

NCSH is a umbrella organisation for existing companies, projects and competence with a focus on the Nordic countries. NCSH was founded 2015 and already have 50 members from companies, hospitals, NGOs and universities.


SALUS is a global media, publishing, research, events and training organisation with a vision to improve human and planetary health. Our mission is to create, share and disseminate knowledge concerning the relationship between human health and the natural, built and social environment with a focus on SALUS (Science, Architecture, Lifestyle, Urbanism, Sustainability).

We believe that the two great challenges of our age – the need to maintain and improve human health in the face of ageing populations and an epidemic of chronic disease, and addressing climate change through a more sustainable management of the earth's finite resources – are inextricably linked. Healthy people require a healthy planet. In today's global knowledge society, with all of the opportunities science and technology has presented to share ideas through interdisciplinary collaborations, the solutions to this huge human and planetary health crisis lie within our grasp. SALUS aims to build interdisciplinary professional communities and networks that will facilitate collaborations through a range of media, publishing, events and training activities that promote the application and interaction of art, science, research, culture and innovation.

Amongst it's many activities, the SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange is the owner of a new and exciting social media platform scheduled for private beta phase launch in August 2016 and the organiser of the annual European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition, held at the Royal College of Physicians in London. SALUS also organises short courses and study tours in the field of healthcare design in the UK, for both government and private sector organisations.


The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) help organisations across the NHS, public health and social care system in England embed and promote sustainable development across the three core elements - environmental, social and financial.

The Unit is jointly funded by, and accountable to, NHS England and Public Health England to ensure that the health and care system fulfils its potential as a leading sustainable and low carbon service - reducing emissions whilst saving money and improving the health of people and communities.

At an environmental level this includes addressing issues such as energy, travel, waste, procurement, water, infrastructure adaptation and buildings.

More broadly this work expands into the wider long term needs of the health system including adaptation of health service delivery, health promotion, tackling the wider determinants of health, corporate social responsibility and developing new sustainable models of care.

The SDU develops tools, policy and research which increase awareness and understanding – and enable people and organisations to promote sustainable development and adapt to climate change.

The Unit provide expert advice, support and practical help in meeting carbon reduction targets and also engaging with individuals and organisations to change attitudes and behaviours to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.


NHS Sustainability Day is a national day of action across the health sector. Each year NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospitals and organisations take action to highlight the important role sustainable development can play in health service delivery. The National Campaign is supported by those key bodies and groups charged with leading sustainable development across healthcare. This campaign includes this national website which has case studies, tool-kits, news, information and resources to educate and support organisations to embed sustainability in service delivery.

The Campaign continues to showcase action, supporting healthcare organisations to deliver change in times of turbulence; to continually engage within the changing landscape of the NHS, public health and social care systems in the UK; to excite and inspire the leaders of the future to take action to embed climate adaptation into their business as usual models.




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