The Responsible Health Initiative is governed by an Executive Council, a Membership Committee and Workstreams; facilitation and coordination responsibilities are with EcoVadis.
The Executive council aims at validating the RHI strategy and roadmap based on the member companies strategic priorities; it meets twice per year and is represented by the Chief Procurement Officers of each member company.
The Membership Committee meets on a quarterly basis with appointed representatives of each member company. Quarterly meetings cover a variety of topics like:
- Review of the coverage of the joint network of rated companies, with emphasis on performance, industry, geography, size benchmarks, improvement trends
- Deep-dive sessions on topics of interest with the presence of an EcoVadis subject matter expert
- Best practice sharing sessions and roundtables
- Workstream progress updates
- Introductions of new members
Workstreams enable sub-groups to work on specific focus areas with voluntary participation of member companies and coordination by EcoVadis representatives. Workstream groups meet on a regular basis and report on progress against their roadmaps during Membership Committee meetings.
The Responsible Health Initiative is open to companies in the health technology and pharma sector, providing that they meet certain entry requirements and share the vision and mission of the initiative.
- Improved coverage of supply chain sustainability performance
- Increased leverage and visibility with suppliers on sustainability topics and improvements
- Proactive identification and mitigation of specific risks (e.g. animal welfare, distributors)
- Enhanced sector reporting and analytics
- Project and community management support from EcoVadis
- Quarterly member meetings to share best practices
- Working groups and collaboration to make progress on key topics (e.g. supplier improvement and carbon reduction)
Membership Principles and Requirements:
- The initiative operates in accordance with industry codes of practice, antitrust law, and applicable laws and regulations
- Have an EcoVadis Enterprise subscription and a vision to actively engage suppliers/third parties in a sustainability performance monitoring process
- Commit to increasing coverage of companies in the shared network and to improve performance
- Take part in Membership Committee meetings and Executive Council meetings
- Contribute a minimal yearly administration fee
Please contact us if you wish to join or find out more information.
“The members are committed to conducting all the RHI activities in compliance with the antitrust and competition laws of all applicable countries.
The members shall not enter into any discussion, activity or conduct that may infringe, on its part or on the part of its members, any applicable competition law. By way of example, members shall not discuss, communicate or exchange any commercially sensitive information, including non-public information relating to costs and revenues, trading terms and conditions with third parties, including purchasing strategy, terms of supply, use of third party information, trade programs or distribution strategy. This applies not only to discussions in formal meetings but also to informal discussions before, during and after meetings.”