As a membership organization serving not-for-profit health care, VHA has long looked to be a catalyst for change, supporting our members with innovative services and products that advance their performance. It’s a tradition we’ve held high for 35 years.
Along that path, we envisioned the significant role social responsibility and sustainability could play for health care providers. Reducing waste, increasing efficiencies and improving quality – these connections between core sustainability concepts and the mission of our members is undeniable. And as health care resources have become more limited, VHA has committed to increase the opportunities for meaningful engagement and collaboration with members, suppliers and the broader community.
We are proud of our most recent achievements, which are documented here in the VHA 2011-12 Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report. Along with numerous examples of our values in action, this report is significant for multiple reasons:
- For the fourth year, the report follows the rigorous reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a comprehensive framework used by companies worldwide.
- This report is certified by GRI as earning an Application Level B, indicating we perform well against the majority of sustainability measures and operate transparently with stakeholders in managing our economic, environmental and social impact.
- VHA is the only health care alliance/GPO in the United States to carry this GRI-checked designation.
Six years into our CC&S journey, VHA is uniquely positioned as a leader in improving the health and sustainability of our own community and in guiding health care institutions nationwide to solidify their own sustainability principles. From public policy to marketplace advantage to product innovation, our employees are our biggest champions for transparency, social responsibility and community engagement.
I invite you to review the progress made and the opportunities ahead. As the only health care services company in the U.S. that is an organizational stakeholder in GRI, VHA and its family of companies are passionate about ensuring a healthy world long-term. Furthermore, I hope you’ll join us in this pursuit. Together, we can accomplish a great deal for the benefit of all.