Green Procurement Program

Protecting our Planet, our People and our Property

Boston Scientific Global Sustainability activities are governed through our Global Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Policy and it is based on three key premises: Protecting our Planet, our People and our Property. Boston Scientific sees sustainability in terms of building infrastructure with the reduction of environmental impacts in mind, careful use of natural resources with efforts to reduce use where feasible, minimizing the amount of waste generated and recycling or reusing waste, which is generated, and employee engagement across the organization.

As a component of Boston Scientific's overall sustainability program, we initiated our Green Procurement Program, which is managed by our Global Indirect organization, to begin working collaboratively with our supplier base to build sustainability within our upstream supply chain. Our goal was to expand our business processes to our suppliers to impact environmental sustainability upstream of our supply chain.  

Program Components

To develop the Green Procurement Program components, we used the Supplier Relationship Management Lifecycle process as the framework for creating materials and processes.

The four programs components are:

  1. Request for Proposal (RFP) Assessment: This component is used during the supplier selection process to understand potential supplier’s sustainability focus as part of the selection process.
  2. Inclusion of "Environmental Provision" in contracts/POs: This component is also used during the supplier selection process to communicate to suppliers the commitment of Boston Scientific to collaboratively improving sustainability in the supply chain.
  3. Annual Assessment: this component is used once a supplier has been selected and onboarded to obtain quantitative environmental metric data from our supply base to monitor year over year improvements in key green metrics (GHG’s, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and Waste Recycled / Reused).
  4. Business Reviews: This final component is used in the supplier management process to engage suppliers in discussions about sustainability projects that are currently implemented.