Health Systems Task Force
The Health Systems Task Force is taking joint, scalable action to accelerate the delivery of net zero healthcare – to improve individual, societal, and planetary health.
Convened by AstraZeneca CEO Sir Pascal Soriot, the Sustainable Markets Initiative's Health Systems Task Force launched at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). This public-private strategic partnership brings together CEOs and leaders from AstraZeneca, GSK, Merck KGaA, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Samsung Biologics, Sanofi, Karolinska Institutet, National Health Service England, the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition, UNICEF, the University of Pavia, and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ahead of COP27, Task Force members have launched sector-first commitments, actions and recommendations to deliver near-term targets and support the transition to net zero, sustainable healthcare. These actions focus on three priority areas: Supply Chain and Patient Care Pathways Decarbonisation, and the use of Digital Innovation in Clinical Research.
The Health Systems Task Force joined BCG's 'The So What?' podcast
Leaders from the Sustainable Markets Initiative Health Systems Task Force joined BCG’s “The So What?” podcast to discuss the climate-health nexus and the urgent need to decarbonise health systems. In a new episode, Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, and Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, CEO of Novo Nordisk, discuss why global health leaders felt it was critical to tackle these issues together and what progress has been achieved through their partnership.
Task Force Announcement
Open Letter to Suppliers published
The private sector members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative Health Systems Task Force have signed an open letter, calling on suppliers to sign up to joint, minimum climate and sustainability targets to play their part in decarbonising the healthcare value chain. The targets aim to reduce emissions across the value chain and reduce the complexity of multiple asks for suppliers, through setting common expectations of the minimum targets that suppliers should achieve.
Task Force Announcement
Joint Supplier Targets Announced
The Health Systems Task Force has come together to set joint, minimum climate and sustainability targets for suppliers, to address emissions across the value chain and reduce the complexity of multiple asks for suppliers.
HEALTH SYSTEMS TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES JOINT COMMITMENTS
Sector-first commitments to accelerate net-zero health systems
Endorsement of commitments and action by health systems strategic partners
Through the SMI Health Systems Task Force, seven global pharmaceutical CEOs have aligned on sector-first commitments to achieve near-term emissions reduction and accelerate the decarbonisation of health systems.
The Task Force actions, commitments and recommendations have been endorsed by key health systems stakeholders.
Joint Supplier Targets
The SMI Health Systems Task Force has come together to set joint, minimum climate and sustainability targets for suppliers, as a first step towards addressing supplier emissions and reducing the complexity of multiple asks for suppliers.
Accelerating the delivery of net zero health systems
The SMI Health Systems Task Force is committed to collaborating across and beyond the healthcare sector to drive concrete action to reduce emissions and propose targeted recommendations.
Decarbonising healthcare supply chains
This whitepaper highlights the major sources of emissions across healthcare supply chains, which account for approx. 50% of global healthcare emissions, and how these can be addressed.
Decarbonising patient care pathways
This paper outlines tangible actions to reduce emissions across patient care pathways and identifies seven levers to drive change; the impact of acting on these levers is illustrated in a case study looking at type 2 diabetes.
The digital solution for sustainability in clinical research
This paper explores the role of digital health solutions in reducing healthcare emissions, with a specific focus on emissions created by clinical trials.
Introducing Patient Earth
The climate crisis is the biggest public health crisis of our time. Watch our #PatientEarth film here to learn more about the interconnection between the health of people and our planet, and why action at scale is critical.
Sir Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, AstraZeneca
With over four percent of greenhouse gases coming from the healthcare sector, it’s imperative that we take action and make healthcare more sustainable – for the health of people, society and the planet.
"The Health Systems Task Force has a key role to play, and I am honoured and excited to be working with other like-minded leaders to drive change. Together, we can harness the power of innovation and shape and advance policies that will accelerate the delivery of net zero healthcare.