UCLA Health buys millions of dollars of products each year from a variety of vendor partners in both the clinical and administrative areas of our hospitals. As an anchor institution in the community, we understand the importance of using our purchasing power to support local, minority-owned, and environmentally-sustainable businesses.
Our purchasing team understands the importance of their roles in helping us achieve our sustainability goals. 15% of the decision criteria for new products or requests for proposals (RFP) is determined based on that product or vendor’s sustainability performance. We are working to develop a database that scores all of our vendors on attributes such as sustainable packaging, carbon emissions, and chemicals of concern that can better-inform our decisions.