Greening and Sustainability: A Growing Imperative Across Health Care Sectors
Lessons learned from other industries can be used to develop a greening framework for health care organizations
Deloitte LLP believes that greening efforts in health care organizations are appropriate and necessary for two reasons: They are good business and they are the right thing to do for employees and communities. Based on our Firms' experiences and observations, there is a business case for “going green,” and health care organizations can achieve both business and social value through greening initiatives.
"Greening and Sustainability in Health Care and Life Sciences: Implementing a Strategic Response," a report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, part of Deloitte LLP, explores leading practices of companies in several industries where greening efforts are mature, and compares and contrasts them with efforts of health care organizations. Six impact zones based on the leading practices of these companies provide a comprehensive framework for a health care organization’s greening initiatives.
For each of the major health care sectors – providers, health plans, life sciences companies and regulators – this paper provides:
- A value chain environmental footprint analysis
- Examples of sector leaders in greening
- Case studies
- Sector implications
Greening has the potential to have an impact on virtually every aspect of the U.S. health care system. It is clearly a trend, not a fad. It also is an imperative that will require organizations to change to be successful.