Any organisation the size of UWE has an obligation to purchase ethically and sustainably. It is a responsibility we take very seriously so we continue to review and develop our procurement policy to ensure we are as environmentally responsible as possible.
Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR)
In September 2010 we published a revised policy on Corporate and Social Responsibility in procurement which outlines our commitment to poverty awareness and acting sustainably. It also spells out our intention to engage with partners to encourage them to strive for a matching performance.
We are working closely with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) who are assisting the University on sustainable procurement.
Where possible we look to improve our purchasing pratice and support suppliers who act sustainably, and offer environmentally friendly and Fair Trade products.
Examples of sustainable purchasing at UWE
All white coated and uncoated printing paper as well as photocopier paper are now specified recycled paper. In 2011 there was a move to using unbleached photocopier paper made using a “closed loop” manufacturing process. This both reduces environmental impact and saves the University money.
All our light bulbs are being replaced with low energy versions.
Our furniture suppliers source their wooden furniture from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources.
Where available we procure the environmentally friendly option. Our internal Printing Services use vegetable based inks.
All of UWE’s current range of available desktop and laptop computers are Energy Star 5 rated.
We have seen an increase in the purchase of “Longbow” remanufactured toner cartridges. Extensive testing have shown these to be of similar high quality and reliability compared to branded cartridges whilst reducing UWE’s environmental impact and making substantial cost savings over purchasing branded equivalents.
We are looking to achieve a minimum 10% recycled content of the materials value. New buildings will be at least BREEAM Excellent.