In 2021, we continued to improve on the collaboration networks established in the previous year and also established new partnerships.
The Keino Competence Center is an important platform through whose developer groups we have collaborated with other hospital districts to promote ethical procurements. We have also organized thematic discussions about various product groups through Keino, both among procurement units and between them and suppliers.
In the first half of the year, we focused specifically on plastic labeling and more efficient recycling of hospital plastics. Another important partner, Sailab Medtech Finland, has also been involved in these discussions. We also continued our dialogue with Finnwatch, and we are planning further project-based collaboration going forward.
The cooperation agreement we signed with the central procurement unit for Norway’s hospital districts (Sjukhusinköpp) and the Swedish national procurement unit in 2019 has been fruitful; the coordination group meets about every two months to share experiences and to foster Nordic cooperation. In a new departure in 2020, we got involved in the work of national procurement strategy theme groups, and in 2021 we contributed to them in aspects of social and ecological corporate responsibility.
Transparent stakeholder cooperation with continuous improvement is very important for us. Our sustainability program was designed in close dialog with our internal customers, our contract suppliers and NGOs in the field of corporate responsibility.
We have identified as stakeholders those parties that are impacted by HUS Logistics operations and those that have an impact on HUS Logistics.
Based on the stakeholder survey we circulated in 2019, our personnel, customers and suppliers alike consider responsibility to be an important value, and we received encouraging feedback on our responsibility efforts. The most important responsibility themes named by all respondent groups were responsibility as an employer and upholding manufacturing conditions consistent with human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work in risk countries.
Our customers include HUS divisions, the HUS Specific Catchment Area and HUS member municipalities. All of these have their own strategic goals to whose attainment we make an important contribution. We aim to improve our operations continuously in order to contribute to these goals as well as possible, working systematically and effectively with our stakeholders. Networking and stakeholder relations are important means for maintaining our expertise and our understanding of our customers’ needs, which is why we are involved very closely for example in the network of procurement units in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Stakeholders in respect of responsibility
|Contract suppliers||Market dialog, development meetings, supplier and contract cooperation|
|HUS customers||Expert panels, cooperation meetings, ecological ATeK working group, HUS ethical procurement network, customer panels|
|Municipal customers||Expert panels, cooperation meetings|
|Specific Catchment Area customers||Expert panels, cooperation meetings|
|Other hospital districts||Cooperation meetings, development group|
|Keino network||Development groups|
|Sailab – Medtech Finland ry||Networks, supplier cooperation, development|
|Finnwatch ry||Development, project cooperation|
|IWFEPP||International network for ethical public procurement|
|Hankinta-Suomi||Effective Public Procurement Operational Program|