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USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PREFERENCE IN PURCHASING DECISIONS OF HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS

AUTHOR/S: O. OZYARAL, O. YARAR, A. TUKEL
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2009

9th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2009, www.sgem.org, SGEM2009 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 14-19, 2009, Vol. 2, 785-790 pp

ABSTRACT

Biggest challenge experienced by hospitals in 21st century is integrating social values
into business operations.

Corporate Social Responsibility is a term used for determining responsibility of a
healthcare institute whereby the institute not only takes financial economic dimension in
decision-making process, but it also considers social and environmental consequences.1

Healthcare institutions are required to invest socially responsible manner; this term is
related with use of money in accordance with social and ethical targets. Consequently,
healthcare institutions should be socially responsible not only from shareholders and
employees, but also from all parties including future generations affected from
operations of the institution.

In a study where potential risks for healthcare institutions are investigated, corporate
social responsibility level and extent of environmental sensitivity in decision-making for
purchasing a good or service were revealed as a significant assessment for consumers
and employees of company2.

Considering healthcare institutions, strategies taking environmental and social aspects
into account for purchasing decisions should be implemented and the institutions
neglecting those strategies should be exposed to financial, legal and reputation risks due
to their anti-environmental acts.

At initiation phase for implementing environmentally preferable purchasing in
healthcare institutions, policies and procedures compatible with environment should be
incorporated.

Individual who will ensure that those policies are followed and how they will be held
responsible (for example, regular reporting) should be determined in writing monitoring
those policies and how those individuals will be considered and thus, an audit process
should be developed where concurrent performance will be regularly reviewed.
However, it is obvious that training requirement healthcare personnel responsible from
purchasing services on environmentalist policies should be fulfilled. Training is critical
part of implementation.

In this study, integration of social values into purchasing activities by healthcare
institutions, which should be a model in terms of social responsibility and
environmental conscience, is evaluated and modest recommendations on this issue are
developed.

Keywords: healthcare institutions, environment, social responsibility, purchasing