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    At the former Prince of Wales’ invitation, leaders from across the healthcare system have come together to form a Health Systems Task Force as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative. Together, the 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 SMI Health Systems Task Force launched at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).  This public-private 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.

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    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.

    Read more about the targets announced here

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      Sector-first commitments to accelerate net-zero health systems

      Endorsement of commitments and action by health systems 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.

      Read the press release here

        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.

        Patient Earth

        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 SMI 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.

        Sir Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, AstraZeneca
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        Task Force Members

        Pascal Soriot

        CEO, AstraZeneca

        Dr. Fiona Adshead

        Chair, Sustainable Healthcare Coalition

        Catherine Russell

        Executive Director, UNICEF

        Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen

        CEO, Novo Nordisk

        Belén Garijo

        CEO, Merck

        Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

        Director-General, World Health Organization

        André Hoffmann

        Vice Chairman, Roche

        Paul Hudson

        CEO, Sanofi

        Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen

        President, Karolinska Institutet

        Lord David Prior

        Former Chair, NHS England

        John Rim

        CEO, Samsung Biologics

        Prof. Francesco Svelto

        Rector, University of Pavia

        Dame Emma Walmsley

        CEO, GSK

        Further information

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