Department of Health

Board Commitment

“DH is committed to long-term sustainability, ensuring that by delivering better care and wellbeing we also contribute to a strong, healthy and sustainable society for future generations.”

Progress 2017 - Internal commitments


Steering Group established. Climate change in risk register. Internal sustainability toolkit developed for DH policy teams. Sustainability included in impact assessment guidance.

Progress 2017 - Influence through remit

ALBs engaged through GGC for DH Annual Report and through DH Property Asset Management (PAM) Board. Monitored ALBs who have SDMPs.  Worked with ALB sponsors to embed HMG sustainable development policy in the Group Accounting Manual, ALB Remit Letters and Mandates. Ensured national social and environmental legislation are enacted through departmental policies. Used global agreements to promote a safe fair and sustainable health and care system

New internal  and influence through remit objectives


Incorporate the UN SDGs into the single departmental plan and embed in relevant policy areas. Contribute to cross-government plans including clean air strategy, 25 year Environment Plan, Resource Efficiency Strategy and the National Adaptation Plan. Commitment to support the Sustainable Health and Care awards.