November 5th, 2013
Recently, sustainability experts and advocates gathered in Oxford, U.K. for the 2013 CleanMed Europe Conference. CleanMed Europe is the only European conference focused solely on sustainability within the healthcare sector and addresses the environmental impact of the sector on a local, regional, and global level. This conference was a great venue for sharing sustainability best practices in the healthcare industry and was a forum for forward-thinking and thought provoking discussions. Johnson & Johnson is an industry leader in not only healthcare, but also sustainability and was a Gold Sponsor for CleanMed Europe. Through its Healthy Future 2015 goals, Johnson & Johnson has committed to a number of significant citizenship and sustainability initiatives such as reducing its carbon footprint, creating more sustainable health care products through the EARTHWARDS® process, and increasing access to medicine.
One of the compelling aspects of CleanMed Europe was the participation of physicians in the sustainability discussion. It was great to see physicians making the link between reducing the environmental impact of healthcare and improved public health. These physicians are an incredibly important stakeholder for incorporating sustainability into the healthcare system because they are influential in advocating for more sustainable products and practices.