Environmental degradation, air pollution and climate change are having devastating impacts in all parts of the world, with the greatest effect on vulnerable and low-income communities. The world is facing a climate emergency that threatens to undo decades of progress in global health. Climate change is exacerbating poverty and health inequality1 and slowing down the efforts of the global health community to realize universal health coverage.
Since our workshop at the IAPB Council of Members meeting in Dar es Salaam October 2019, and the drafting of this Guide, the world has changed unrecognizably. Most countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have either been through or are in lockdown as a response. Global air traffic has seen an unprecedented decline. And health systems across the world have diverted most of their resources to manage the outbreak, resulting in an almost universal suspension of crucial eye health services such as cataract surgeries and distribution of glasses.
In recognition of Earth Day, on April 22, 2021, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has declared a Climate Emergency and released a Call to Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in the Eye Health Sector.
Supporting Government Procurement of using recycled materials using the ISO 20400 standard. Contributed by Jean-Louis Haie
An report from Australia where the Government are sustainably procuring recycled materials using the ISO 20400 standard – guidance.
Jean_Louis Haie presents ISO 20400 in Sydney, Australia
This report was developed by Action Sustainability in conjunction with the Energy Procurement Supply Association (EPSA). The white paper is a practical guide to understand and address the moral and business challenges facing the energy industry on respecting human rights in their supply chains.
Benchmarking of 40 organisations assessed on their alignment with ISO 20400:2017 sustainable procurement guidance
If you’re serious about managing social and environmental issues in your supply chains, you have to collaborate with your Industry. Some issues are just too complex and expensive to be solved in isolation! Have a look at this example of collaboration in the Chemical Industry.