Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Principles and Standards

EPP Principles
In support of Kaiser Permanente’s mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente's Buy to Pay team is committed to applying guidelines and specifications of Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) to all major, strategic, and critical purchasing decisions. Kaiser Permanente's EPP Principles went into effect in May 2006. The principles mandate a variety of specific environmental criteria - aligned with our commitments to promote cleaner energy, safer chemicals, natural resource conservation and waste reduction, and sustainable food - be considered in purchasing decisions, in addition to product performance and cost effectiveness. An outline of the specific criteria and other guidelines can be found in the EPP Principles document.

EPP Standards
As an extension of the EPP Principles, Buy to Pay requires its current and prospective suppliers of products to comply with the EPP overarching Standard. Kaiser Permanente’s EPP overarching Standard went into effect in February 2017.  The EPP overarching Standard mandates specific environmental criteria in the areas of chemicals and waste be met in purchasing decisions in addition to other purchasing criteria.  An outline of the specific criteria can be found in the EPP Standard document.

Product specific EPP Standards coming soon are:
-     Furnishings and Fabrics
-     Televisions and Appliances
-     IT Equipment:  Laptops, Desktop computers, iPads, printers, scanners and fax machines
-     Cleaning Chemicals
-     Office Supplies
-     Medical Supplies
-     Maintenance Supplies
-     Linen and Laundering
-     Fleet Vehicles
-     Personal Care Products
-     Paints and Building Materials
-     Medical Equipment (e.g., MRIs, CTs, etc.)