With our collective concern about climate change, use of non-renewable natural resources, waste, and plastic pollution in our environment and the effects it has on our health and our planet, all of us at NewGen Surgical believe it is our responsibility to put our skills to work protecting our environment.Being an environmental steward begins with our mission to pioneer a change in healthcare that will disrupt using non-renewable resources that cause unhealthy pollution in production and disposal and create and manufacture healthier – for people and planet – medical devices and products.
Greening the OR® Initiative. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading healthcare community dedicated to empowering its members to increase their efficiencies in environmental stewardship and the initiative is a collaborative effort to envision what the green operating room of the future might look like and the means of getting there.
Think Beyond Plastic™ is a social-impact venture addressing plastic pollution by harnessing the forces of entrepreneurship, innovation, and the power of global markets to do good. Think Beyond Plastic sources and advances broad-based disruptive innovation that measurably reduces plastic pollution, with preference for source reduction. In 2012, NewGen Surgical became one of their first members of the Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator; the first Accelerator in the world to focus on plastic pollution as an innovation opportunity, and will play a pivotal role in connecting the urgency of the global plastic pollution crisis with breakthrough solutions.
NewGen Surgical has been commended in the 2015 Circular Economy Awards by the judges of The Young Global Leaders Award, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, in the Circular Economy Entrepreneurs category for early stage organizations at the vanguard of the circular economy demonstrating innovation and market disruption.The circular economy is defined as an alternative economic model to traditional linear economy – decoupling growth from scarce resource use, thus allowing economic development within natural resource limits, allowing companies to innovate, enabling customers and users to adopt sustainable products and services.
For each of us at NewGen Surgical, being an environmental steward means doing our part to lessen negative environmental impacts, as well as supporting organizations and community initiatives that do the same. Individually and as a company, our employees attend, participate, and/or sponsor events with similar missions.
Like a growing number of forward-thinking companies around the world, NewGen Surgical uses the Triple Bottom Line, also known as the three pillars of sustainability:
People: Enhancing the health of communities in which we operate — patients, surgeons, nurses, hospital personnel — all people effected by the environmental effects of plastic production and pollution.
Planet: Aiding and protecting our environment — it is our mission and our passion. We want to leave the world a better place for future generations.
Profit: By doing good we can also do well, financially. Companies need profitability in order to survive but not at the expense of others or degradation of the environment. Our success will be measured in context of how well we do in all areas Profitability, People and Planet.
We take the triple bottom line concept even further, and strive to support a circular economy. The Young Leaders Forum, a division of the World Economic Forum defines the circular economy as an alternative to traditional linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use, thus allowing economic development within natural resource limits. Furthermore, a circular economy allows companies to innovate, enabling customers and users to adopt sustainable products and services.
There’s growing consensus that the only way forward with sustainable production and growth is to switch from our current industrial linear model to one that is less dependent on primary energy and natural resources, and is also regenerative to reduce waste.
Companies on the forefront of this wave can unleash innovations, like new product-to-service approaches, new materials recovery methods, and smarter projections and preparedness for future costs, such as waste disposal or raw materials prices.
Read World Economic Forum definition here.