Environment and sustainability

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We work in accordance with a clearly defined strategy to deliver sustainable procurement, as outlined in our current Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

We are collaborating with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and with other institutions through our membership of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), and with NETpositive Futures  to monitor sustainability in our supply chains. See the University's sustainability section for further information.

What we are doing to improve sustainable purchasing:

  • Sustainability is embedded as a standard agenda item at contract review meetings. This enables the University to track progress and gives suppliers the opportunity to discuss their sustainability achievements. 
  • 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. 
  • Sustainability is frequently included as a tender evaluation criterion, typically accounting for at least 5-10% of the overall award decision. 
  • Whole life costing principles are used in all significant procurement decisions, ensuring that consideration is given to the costs of operation, maintenance and disposal, in addition to initial purchase price.
  • Year on year we are increasing the level of engagement with local and SME suppliers. In 2016/17, nearly 39% of expenditure was with SMEs, a 4.8% increase from the previous year.
  • We adhere to the processes outlined in the ISO 20400 guidance standard on sustainable procurement.
  • We continue to encourage the use of sustainable products when working with stakeholders early on in the drafting of specifications.
  • We are a member of Partners In Procurement, a group of public bodies based 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, in addition to supporting IT Services in the adoption of cloud services.
  • Our purchasing consortium (SUPC) is an affiliate member of Electronics Watch.
  • All applicable suppliers are required to document their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

Corporate responsibility

The University also uses the following Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

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