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Philips Head of Sustainability Robert Metzke speaks at CleanMed Europe 2018

Towards more sustainable procurement in healthcare


The role of procurement in mitigating the environmental impact of health sector operations is well acknowledged. For example, sustainable procurement practices can significantly reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. 

By adopting sustainable procurement policies, strategies and practices, healthcare authorities, governments and international development organizations can drive the shift towards more inclusive, green economies. They are in a unique position to demand products and services that are compliant with environmental and social standards throughout the product or service’s lifecycle.

On October 10, at a plenary session of CleanMed Europe 2018, Robert Metzke, Head of Sustainability at Philips, will offer an industry perspective of sustainable procurement in healthcare, and outline how sustainable procurement can drive positive health impacts for patients, communities and the environment. 

CleanMed Europe is Europe’s leading conference on sustainable healthcare. The conference addresses the environmental impact of the sector at local, regional, and global level and showcases cutting-edge practices in sustainable healthcare.

Event information:
  • Name event: CleanMed Europe 2018
  • Where:  Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Date: October 10
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  • Social Hashtag: #CME18 

Speaker information:

  • Name speaker: Robert Metzke 
  • Role: Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy and Head of Sustainability, Royal Philips

Robert is a member of Royal Philips’ Innovation & Strategy Management Team, where he holds a double role as Head of Sustainability and Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy.

As Head of Sustainability at Royal Philips, Robert Metzke is leading the company’s Healthy people, sustainable planet program, running from 2016-2020. The program reflects Philips’ commitment to the universally agreed United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG #3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages, and SDG #12 – Sustainable consumption and production, and #13 - Climate action.

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