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 - 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 four interconnected programme areas - Climate-smart Healthcare, Safer Pharma, Sustainable Food, and Circular Healthcare  - 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.

Our strategic plan sets out strategic themes, goals, and approaches that will define our work over the coming years, enabling us to communicate our strategic ambition to our members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders.

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 an international non-profit association (AISBL) registered in Belgium and 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 (United States), HCWH Europe (Belgium), and HCWH Asia (The Philippines) - as well as two teams covering the Latin America region and global projects.

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. 

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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