In 2010, Amilpar structured the Sustainability Department in order to seek, in a more active and organized manner, sustainable development of its business. This project was launched in the Company‘s internal main event, the Seminar Amil 2020. At this time, a survey was conducted with these executives regarding sustainability activities already being undertaken and what the needs pertaining to these activities were. The survey’s findings gave rise to the guidelines compiled in a Sustainability Manual.
Subsequently, the Sustainability department created the program “Amil Gerações - Cuidando da Saúde do Planeta” (“Amil Generations - Taking Care of the Planet’s Health”) - a slogan that in Portuguese refers both to future generations and the generation of actions towards sustainability. The program includes Amilpar’s initiatives regarding sustainable development, with well established short and long-term targets.
• Mapping of initiatives in accordance with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) indicators;
• Planning and development of sustainability guidelines;
• Review, validation and dissemination of the Company’s values;
• Training of the purchasing department to take sustainability into account in their decisions;
• Description of the Purchasing Policy, including suppliers;
• Implementation of selective waste collection in all Amilpar’s units;
• Implementation of the sustainability guidelines, including the publication of the Sustainability Manual;
• Implementation of educational project for employees, suppliers and business partners;
• “Green” buildings;
• Launch of Amil Sustainability Olympic Games (incentive program for meeting the targets that will be set for 2016).
Amilpar has already adopted a series of environmental and social responsibility initiatives. These activities are coordinated by the Sustainability department.
Regarding environmental issues, in addition to respecting the laws governing toxic waste disposal, most of the hospital network has already adopted digitalization of image services and exam results via the Internet or CDs, thus eliminating the need for paper.
In São Paulo, the Waste Management Plan has been put into practice, which consists of actions such as selective waste collection and environmental awareness. Among other initiatives, containers were made available for the disposal of recyclable waste material - paper, glass, metal, etc. - and a daily inspection of work spaces was implemented to both detect and correct nonconformities. Additionally, Paulistano and TotalCor hospitals created commissions to discuss and implement further improvements.
In Rio de Janeiro, Hospital de Clínicas Mário Lioni runs the “Recycle and Dance” project, which promotes environmental awareness and cultural activities for children. In order to take part in these activities, which range from dance workshops to outings, the youngsters must donate recyclable materials, which are then sold and the proceeds used to fund a Christmas event for the group. Between 2007 and 2009, the project collected and sent for recycling 789 Kg of cans, 1,099 liters of cooking oil, 8,018 Kg of cardboard, 3,283 Kg of PET bottles and 1,042 Kg of newspapers.
The Company has also been conducting a large number of videoconferences instead of on-site meetings, for the purpose of reducing the Company’s so-called “carbon footprints” resulting from employees traveling by road or air. These activities can be reduced by using technologies that are currently available. In 2010, more than 300 videoconferences were held. Nevertheless, going forward the Company’s goal is to increase this number even further.
Amilpar has also adopted the so-called green buildings. “Green” buildings are those constructed in accordance with the criteria proposed by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification - awarded by the non-governmental organization, Green Building Council. LEED’s criteria are comprehensive, ranging from efficiency in the use of resources (like energy and water) to minimizing carbon emission and urban stress.
One example is Hospital das Américas - still under construction - which in 2010 received the prize Master Imobiliário, an award sponsored by the local Real Estate Market Association (ADEMI), in the category “Sustainability in Construction.” Among other features, the building was designed to conserve electricity by means of a self-regulating refrigeration system which adjusts the temperature according to the weather and, conserve water, through a system that collects and stores rainwater. Furthermore, approximately 70% of the waste generated at the construction site is recycled. Hospital Vitória (in São Paulo) also follows similar guidelines and is considered “green”. Amilpar intends to extend this concept to its entire own network and its business partners going forward.
• Recycling of 173 tons of paper and cardboard, preventing the felling of approximately 2,246 trees;
• Recycling of 65 tons of plastic, preventing the material from being disposed of in landfills and dumps;
• Recycling of 302 kg of aluminum (cans), avoiding the need for mining 1.5 ton of bauxite;
• Collection of 10,113 fluorescent lamps, helping reduce the contamination caused by mercury in soil, water tables, rivers and lakes;
• Transformation of 1,945 liters of cooking oil into detergent and soap, preventing soil and water contamination;
• Recycling of 495 kg of X-Ray film, reducing environmental contamination by silver;
• Transformation of 150 kg of batteries into raw material for paint production, thus decreasing the disposal of toxic chemicals like cadmium, lead and lithium;
• Replacement of mercury thermometers by digital thermometers, avoiding mercury use;
• Correct disposal and treatment of 625 tons of medical waste.
(1) Figures recorded in 2009.