Who we are

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe is a non-profit network of European hospitals and healthcare providers, healthcare systems, local authorities, research/academic institutions and environmental and health organisations.

Our members are part of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) network. GGHH is the largest sustainable healthcare network in the world, focused on the interests and needs of healthcare sustainability practitioners. In Europe, we currently have 89 GGHH members in 29 countries (read more about our members here).

HCWH Europe’s mission is to transform the European healthcare sector so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Within our five interconnected programme areas - Safer Chemicals, Sustainable Food, Climate-smart Healthcare, Safer Pharma, and Sustainable Procurement - we work with members, partners, and other stakeholders to pilot and innovate sustainable healthcare solutions which can then be scaled up across Europe and beyond.

We also work to influence key environmental and health policies at an EU and national level, ensuring that the voice of the healthcare sector is heard in key policy debates. Learn more about how EU policy could support sustainable healthcare in our manifesto: Towards sustainable healthcare and a healthy environment.

As a commitment to our transparency, HCWH Europe's Articles of Association can be viewed online as well as our sustainability policy. The organisation is also listed on the EU Transparency Register.


HCWH Europe history

We are the European arm of a global organisation with three regional offices - HCWH US & Canada (Arlington, United States), HCWH Europe (Brussels, Belgium), and HCWH Asia (Manila, The Philippines) - as well as a team covering the Latin America region. HCWH Europe’s area of operations covers the 53 countries of the World Health Organization’s Euro region.

HCWH Europe was established in 2003 to focus on lobbying at an EU level and implementing sustainable practices in European healthcare. Thirteen organisations and additional stakeholders who were active in the health and environmental sectors came together to develop a Constitution, form a Member's Council, elect a Board of Directors, appoint a Steering Committee, and set out an agenda to create an environmentally responsible European healthcare system. HCWH Europe is an international non-profit association (AISBL) registered in Belgium.

To get to know more about our policy breakthroughs, projects and collaborations with members and partners since 2003, please see the HCWH Europe 2003-2013: 10 years Special Review

2020 Annual Report - HCWH Europe

Read about our more recent work in our 2020 Annual Report; previous annual reports are available below.

Building networks for sustainable healthcare

To maximise the scale and impact of our work, HCWH Europe is also a member of many different environmental and health networks, partners with international agencies, and participates in a number of international processes.

You can read more about these affiliations in our entry on the European Commission’s Transparency Register.

HCWH Europe annual reports

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