Purchasing and procurement

Stationary procurement 

2020 strategy breakthrough indicator: customer trust in a transparent sustainable UWE supply chain. Our aim: by 2020 to have achieved a 30 per cent absolute reduction in the carbon footprint of the UWE supply chain (excluding construction).

Building on the solid foundations of its work in the past, UWE is making great strides in sustainable and ethical procurement.

What UWE is doing to improve sustainable purchasing

  • We are working with our suppliers to improve performance overall
  • For all significant procurement decisions, we are completing and considering lifecycle analyses, ie taking into account 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 purchased, with a view to 25% overall increase by 2020.
  • We are working to deliver our ambitious Sustainable Food Policy.
  • We are encouraging key suppliers of goods and services to UWE to participate in the Sustainability Index, which  enables organisations to measure their environmental, economic and social sustainability performance. This tool was developed by UWE in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). 

Sustainable purchasing successes

  • Stationery:  At least 95% of the paper used by the University is recycled – in particular, all the A4 and A3 paper used is 100 per cent recycled and is Carbon Neutral to our door. Our internal Printing Services also use vegetable based inks
  • Toner Cartridges: We are increasingly buying  'Longbow' remanufactured toner cartridges, which perform as well as branded cartridges, reduce UWE’s environmental impact and cost much less

What you can do

If you are involved in purchasing and are looking to make a purchase, first consider whether you can hire it or obtain it through Warp-it – UWE’s on-line Freecycle scheme.

If you find that you still need to make a purchase, please use the list of contract suppliers on the GEM online store for Higher Education.

When making your purchase, please also consider the following:

  • energy rating/carbon footprint/lifecycle
  • sustainability credentials – eg Fairtrade / FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) 

Questions about sustainable purchasing?

If you have any questions, please contact our procurement team, who will be very happy to help.

Page last updated 14 July 2014

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