The report and presentations from the WHO Health Communities Research Forum event on 14 December: Sustainable Food From Farm to Fork to Farm: the role for public health and planning is now
available to download by visiting the WHO/UWE website.
Prince Charles has congratulated 14
hospitals, including three in the South West, for the work they have done to improve and maintain high standards of
food for patients and staff in their organisations. The event in December at Clarence House welcomed chief
executives, catering managers, people who serve food on wards, patient
representatives, and local farmers who supply the hospitals. HRH The
Prince of Wales has been working with the Soil Association since 2004 and has
long campaigned to improve the quality of food in hospitals. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation, North Bristol NHS Trust, and Devon
Partnership NHS Trust were among the 14 Trusts representing the highest achievements in hospital catering. For more information, see the full press release on the Soil Association website.
As part of its National Sustainable
Public Procurement Programme, Defra has launched a new e-learning resource for
procurement professionals. The e-learning resource has been developed in
collaboration between Defra, the Department of Health, NHS organisations and the
EU funded Clear About Carbon project. The FREE resource is aimed at staff in
procurement and carbon management and should develop awareness and understanding
of terminology and principles associated with the greenhouse effect and climate
change. Visit the defra website for more info and to access the resource. Then choose unit 9 for procurement.
The new Government Procurement Service (a transformed Buying Solutions) has developed an area of the website to provide information,
help and guidance on where Government Procurement Service products and
services can assist in the delivery of sustainability within government
procurement. Procurement professionals have a key role to play in
enabling their organisations to meet the challenges of
sustainability. Visit the website for more information
This updated report will help sustainability managers define and implement
purchasing policies for the entire range of forest-based products, from
wood products like construction materials and furniture to paper
products like packaging, tissue paper and countless other products. It details topics such as forest certification, legality,
environmental friendliness, social impacts, and recycled-content
percentages, and directs managers to advice on tracing their supply
chains, implementing monitoring processes and many other issues. Open the attached PDF or visit the World Resources Institute website to view the report.
This webinar, organised by 2degrees will highlight the motivation for companies to take part
in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Program and describe
the main drivers for action. Frances Way, Head of Supply Chain will
draw on the key findings from the CDP Supply Chain Report 2011,
highlight key trends and common challenges encountered, and showcase
specific examples of steps taken by corporations to successfully reduce
their carbon emissions. Visit the 2degrees website for information.
This 2degrees webinar (starting at 4pm) will provide an overview of the new study, “Life Cycle Assessment: A Guide for Sustainability and Strategy Executives,” which
explores the use of LCA and the market for LCA tools
and services. The webinar will describe how companies that learn to use
LCA can do more than improve their environmental performance, but also
foster product innovation, make credible environmental marketing claims,
and stay ahead of regulations that could otherwise shut them out of
markets. Visit the 2degrees website to register (you may need to sign up if you haven't already).
The British Medical Association (BMA) is launching a workbook to support ethical purchasing in the NHS. It will provide tools
which will enable NHS organisations to devise ethical procurement policies and
begin implementing, monitoring and reporting on these practices. It’s hoped the workbook will
mobilise a range of stakeholders to start thinking about what they can do to
bring change to the NHS. For more information and for ideas on what you can do, have a look a leaflet developed by the BMA and the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group - CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has detailed the Government’s
commitment to “fully implement sustainability reporting across
Government". In line with the Government’s aim of increasing transparency and accountability across the public sector, central government departments and the NHS will be required to report non-financial a varity of sustainability criteria. For more information visit the defra website.
Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) is a
way of working with potential suppliers to deliver innovative solutions. This
one day session is being delivered by Gaynor Whyles, the UK expert on
FCP who will introduce the purpose, practice and principles of FCP as a
tool for sustainability, climate change adaptation and efficiency
through a mix of presentations, discussions and exercises.