SPHS (Global Secretariat of the United Nations informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector)

SPHS profile

  • Overview

    The SPHS was established in May 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is currently hosted by the United Nations Development Programme Istanbul Regional Hub. The aim of establishing the SPHS was to facilitate and coordinate the introduction of sustainable procurement practices in the global health aid market. By leveraging members’ normative mandate, joint procurement volumes, and technical expertise, the SPHS members are committed to lowering the environmental impact of their procurement, contributing to greening of the health sector and thereby to inclusive green economies and promote human and labor rights, with the final aim of improving human health and well-being.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    Current and future UN suppliers and manufacturers of medical products made it known to UNDP and the SPHS Secretariat that they are ready to become involved in pilot projects on
    environmental and social innovation, to prove their level of commitment towards saving lives sustainably. Such pilot projects will ultimately support the development of sustainability aspects in UN tender processes to come.

    In 2015, the SPHS Secretariat and UNDP, have set the foundation to empower suppliers and manufacturers to practice sustainable production processes. The first step developed is business to business (B2B) support to promote and facilitate collaboration between technical experts in the SPHS network and suppliers and manufacturers. This shall include mapping of technical experts in the health sector that can provide services such as the scanning of current products and production processes for sustainability, the technical and financial appraisal of environmental and social opportunities and the implementation of innovative systems. It will also take into consideration the supplier and manufacturers’ range of desired engagement and available resources for investment into projects.

    Further guidelines
    1. http://www.savinglivesustainably.org/
    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Health; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Automobiles & Parts; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Media; Other

    Goods categories

    Environmental; Medical & scientific; Medicine & health; Packaging & paper products; Transportation