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Procurement in the NHS

The purchasing power of the NHS presents a unique opportunity to positively influence society, the economy and the environment. 

Sustainable procurement considers costs, responsible sourcing, products and materials that minimise impact in their manufacture and distribution, and those that minimise impacts in use and disposal.

It is about making decisions based on whole-life costs, and offers the opportunity to encourage manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to develop environmentally and socially preferable goods and services at competitive prices - thus making longer-term cost savings, sending clear signals to the market, and contributing to wider government agendas. It can also be about using purchasing power to work towards regeneration and employment objectives.

Trusts should also be promoting sustainable food choices by leading from example, and ensuring the nutritional value of the food they serve is of the highest quality.