Procurement is working to embed sustainability into the policies, processes and practice of the central team. They approve suppliers only once social, environmental and economic considerations have been explored and manage contracts to ensure these are delivered effectively.
Working with suppliers is crucial to helping us achieve global benefit.
How do our suppliers contribute to our Responsible Procurement activity?
We have suppliers providing goods and services to the University and they can help us achieve our Ethical Procurement ambitions by:
- Demonstrating how they are working to reduce their own negative impacts
- Demonstrating how they are working to increase their positive impact
- Working with us to demonstrate value for money helps us to do more
To ensure Ethical Procurement has the impact we want to see it is important that as much of our spending power as possible reflect our values
What support can we offer our suppliers?
We want our suppliers to understand our ambitions in this area. We also want to support and develop our suppliers to minimise risk in our supply chain at the same time as demonstrating the positive contributions they can help us to make.
We therefore offer all University suppliers access to an online tool that helps us to understand our suppliers at the same time as encouraging their own sustainable practices. If you are a supplier and have not yet completed the NET positive Suppliers Engagement tool, please contact us for access.
The tool enables all our suppliers to create a sustainability action plan for their own business. As they do so we can demonstrate the collective activity of all our suppliers and support and celebrate progress.