Environment and sustainability

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We are in the process of developing our strategies in the area of environment and sustainability. See our current Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

We are working with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) who assist the University on sustainable procurement.

See the University's sustainability web pages for further information on environmental management at UWE Bristol.

What we are doing to improve sustainable purchasing:

  • Sustainability is embedded as a standard agenda item at contract review meetings. This gives suppliers the opportunity to discuss their achievements and help them improve.
  • Main building contractors in our supply chain include sustainability as part of their project KPIs, reporting on the amount of waste that goes to landfill and energy consumption.
  • When appropriate, sustainability is included as a tender evaluation criteria
  • For all significant procurement decisions, whole life costs are considered which include disposal/end of life costs as well as initial purchase costs.
  • Year on year we are increasing the quantity of local, SME and Fairtrade goods and services, with a view to 25% overall increase by 2020.
  • We encourage key suppliers of goods and services to participate in the CIPS sustainability Index, which enables organisations to measure their environmental, economic and sustainability performance. Whilst helping suppliers to promote and enhance their own sustainable practices, it also helps us to meet our own sustainability obligations as an organization. This tool was developed by UWE Bristol in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
  • We continue to look for opportunities to switch to sustainable products
  • We are a member of Partners In Procurement, a group of public bodies base in the West of England. We run annual events to encourage local businesses to supply the public sector. These sessions enable suppliers to understand what we require from potential suppliers and help them to understand their responsibilities.
  • We purchase energy efficient IT equipment
  • Our purchasing consortium is a signed up member to Electronic Watch.
  • By being part of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) we seek to ensure that our supply chains are slave free.
  • High risk suppliers are being reviewed in relation to compliance with the Modern Slavery Act

Corporate responsibility

The University also uses the following Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

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