We are serious about being a responsible and sustainable business. It is important to our people, patients, doctors and communities.

That is why we have set an ambitious target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain by 2040.

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Our philosophy of ‘people caring for people’ is at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to making a meaningful, positive difference in the world - for current and future generations. Ramsay Cares is our approach to sustainability. It’s a program with three key pillars: healthier people, stronger communities and a thriving planet.

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Our changing world has shone a bright light on the importance of being a sustainable and responsible business. We know that caring for our people, supporting our communities and looking after the environment are vital to our individual happiness, collective success and future way of life.

Ramsay Health Care decided to review its sustainability strategy, starting with an in-depth look at what we do and how we add value to our stakeholders, seen through the prism of the Company’s guiding philosophy of 'people caring for people' – The Ramsay Way.

Ramsay people across Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia were engaged with a global project to refresh Ramsay’s sustainability approach. This process has energised our commitment to long-term sustainability across the company.

Our Ramsay Cares strategy is focused on fostering healthier people, stronger communities and a thriving planet. 

We are here to make a positive impact for current and future generations through health care services that are sustainable, innovative and delivered in The Ramsay Way.

Craig McNally

Managing Director and CEO

Craig McnNally

A Shared Commitment

Collaboration is key to making real change. We value the strong relationships we have and seek to work together on delivering more sustainable outcomes. We are committed to supporting the United Nations Global Compact and 40:40 Vision to ensure we are well-positioned to achieve our goals for sustainability.

United Nations Global Compact

Since 2021, Ramsay Health Care has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

40:40 vision

40:40 Vision is an investor-led initiative to achieve gender balance in the executive leadership across Australia’s largest listed companies.

40:40 Vision seeks to achieve gender balance – 40 per cent women, 40 per cent men and 20 per cent any gender – across the senior leadership of all ASX200 companies by 2030.

Ramsay Health Care has joined to reflect our commitment to gender equality.

Colleen Harris

"Globally, Ramsay Health Care is a significant employer of women and we have long been committed to having strong female representation at all levels of the organisation.

Ramsay is determined to provide a caring and inclusive culture where staff can develop and feel empowered. By supporting 40:40 Vision, we hope to encourage other ASX200 companies to achieve gender equality, as we have."

Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer

Ramsay Health Care supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to promote peace and prosperity, while protecting our planet into the future.

The 17 goals are a call to action to achieve economic growth and address a range of social issues to end poverty. These include education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

We are committed to driving action on the relevant goals which underpin our Ramsay Cares approach.

We have committed to becoming a Net Zero business by 2040.

Our ambition is to become a Net Zero business across Ramsay’s global value chain by 2040.

To reach our goal, we have set science-based emissions targets which align with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C.

The Ramsay group has confirmed this commitment with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and will commence a validation process for our targets with the SBTi.



Net Zero business

“A healthy planet is essential for healthy communities and Ramsay’s Net Zero commitment is another example of putting our purpose - ‘people caring for people’ - into action.”

Craig McNally
Managing Director & CEO

Ramsay Cares Planet


Why is it important?

Ramsay Health Care believes a great company is one that makes the world a better place and we are committed to being a responsible and sustainable business.

We know that a healthy planet is vital for a healthy population and being sustainable is important to our people, patients, doctors and communities – as well as our business success.

By working together for healthier people, stronger communities and a thriving planet, we want to make a positive and meaningful difference for current and future generations.

Our targets

Why is it important?

Our Net Zero approach

Our commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2040 is a key part of our Ramsay Cares Sustainability Strategy. Our approach is overseen by the Ramsay Health Care Board and Global Executive.

Each business in the Ramsay Health Care group is responsible for implementing our approach and improving our environmental and sustainability performance

Ramsay’s greenhouse gas emissions will be reported annually against our targets and the targets will be regularly reviewed for consistency with the latest climate science and to reflect any significant changes to our business or baseline emissions.

NOTE: We will only use carbon offsets to neutralise residual emissions or go beyond our science-based emission reduction targets.

What are we measuring?

Health systems contribute to climate change primarily through greenhouse gas emissions.

The scopes of emissions categories are defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Scope 1 - Direct emissions e.g. emissions from anaesthetic gases, fuel and gas used in facilities and vehicles.
Scope 2 - Indirect emissions from the generation of electricity.
Scope 3 - Indirect emissions from categories such as waste, business travel and supply chains e.g. production, transport and disposal of medications, food, medical devices and hospital equipment.

Our Net Zero strategies

We are ambitious about building a sustainable and resilient business that adapts to climate-related risks and takes advantage of opportunities from the transition to a low carbon economy.

Our Net Zero strategies include:

  1. Maximising energy efficiency
    Continue to invest in energy efficiency projects such as low energy lighting and heating and cooling upgrades.
  2. Greener theatres
    Reduce anaesthetic gas emissions by using low flow and environmentally friendly options.
  3. Increasing recycling and reducing waste
    Reduce unnecessary use of single-use items, where safe to do so; improve recycling and reduce waste in our facilities.
  4. Optimising onsite renewable energy and storage
    Continue to invest in onsite renewable electricity generation. Focus on reducing fossil fuel use in facilities, as new technologies come online.
  5. Switching to renewable and cleaner energy sources
    Increase sourcing of renewable and less carbon-intensive electricity supply.
  6. Understand scope 3 emissions
    Work with our partners to understand and address emissions across our large and complex supply chain.
  7. Engaging suppliers
    Work with our suppliers to take a science-based approach to setting targets.
  8. Embedding ESD in developments
    Continuously improve and maintain development performance standards through Environmentally Sustainable Design. Develop climate adaptation and Net Zero plans so our developments are future fit.
  9. Strategic transformation
    Grow and transform our business sustainably and adapt and be resilient to a changing climate.


“Doctors and healthcare professionals are already dealing with the serious health effects of climate change. I hope Ramsay’s action inspires other healthcare providers around the world to commit to Net Zero emissions.”

Professor Sir Ed Byrne
Global Chief Medical Officer

Get In Touch

We welcome your ideas to help make a difference. Please email suggestions to RamsayCares@ramsayhealth.com.au