Henry Schein announces Practice Green, an international initiative designed to encourage practitioners, practice teams, and dental laboratories to become more eco-friendly and to help empower the health care community to establish sustainable practices for a healthier planet.
According to the World Health Organization, between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea, and heat stress. Nurses (and other health care professionals) can be instrumental in communications with patients and families, working with hospitals and health systems to reduce emissions and influencing the adoption of strategies to better prepare the health care facilities and communities for the health impacts of climate change, as stated in a report by PubMed.
Practice Green by Henry Schein aims to offer customers solutions that will help to implement practical ways to become more sustainable, while following the current health and safety legislation and continuing to provide high-quality patient care. A selection of environmentally friendly products and solutions will be available, as well as services and support to help create greener practices and enhance environmental sustainability efforts.
The products provided in the Practice Green portfolio have been carefully selected by Henry Schein as “green” based on information provided by the supplier partner for the product that it is either reusable, contain recycled materials, can be recycled, is biodegradable, or is from a sustainable source.
“At Henry Schein, we understand the importance of sustainability and our role in creating a healthier future for our planet and future generations. That is why we’re excited to announce the launch of our Practice Green initiative, which underlines our commitment to mitigate our impact on the climate by reducing our carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly practices throughout all areas of our business. With Practice Green, we also aim to provide solutions to support, educate, and enhance the environmental sustainability efforts of our customers,” said Mike Covey, vice-president and managing director, ANZ, Henry Schein. “We are confident that through this initiative, we will be able to make a meaningful difference and help create a more sustainable future for all.”
The programme starts in March and will continue to expand over time, with new products, services, and solutions added as Practice Green evolves with the ever-changing health care landscape.
Practice Green aligns with Henry Schein’s commitment to mitigate its impact on the climate, reduce landfill waste, and recycle and reuse valuable materials, while practicing smart and efficient use of energy and water resources. The company is continuously strengthening its approach to measuring, monitoring, and reporting on its carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. In 2021, Henry Schein signed the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), committing to set a long-term, science-based emissions reduction target in order to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050.
With its global environmental footprint and unique position within an ecosystem of relationships with suppliers, business partners, and customers, Henry Schein aims to co-create an ethical, inclusive, circular, and carbon-neutral supply chain, jointly manage our impacts, and innovate for sustainability.