Established in June 2007, Southeast Norway Health Region is the largest of four health regions in Norway. It covers 56% of Norway’s population, providing healthcare for 2.7m people. The organisation is made up of 75,000 employees and has a procurement spend of over 8bn euros (NOK 74 billion) per year.
Sustainable procurement within Southeast Norway Health Region was initially driven from the bottom-up, with a focus on socially responsible procurement of individual products. Theses first experiments proved that sustainable public procurement is possible and beneficial, and the procurement team is continuing to demonstrate the business case for SPP so that it can be applied in a wider way across the organisation.
Southeast Norway Health Region has implemented a programme called Win-Win. This is aimed at professionalising procurement practices to include consideration of sustainability in a more structured way. Win-Win will incorporate carbon footprint analysis of current procurements and use this baseline data to build carbon savings into outcomes-based procurements.
Analysis of 60-100 procurement categories is taking place using a uniquely designed input-output methodology created in the Win-Win programme. Based on this data, identification of products and services where there is larger potential for carbon savings through sustainable procurement. The aim is to achieve practical sustainable procurement that is knowledge based and grounded in evidence.