Procurement and in particular Sustainable Procurement, is one of the key drivers of change in any institution and is increasingly becoming a key mechanism for policy delivery and cost reduction. All public procurement in the UK is required to achieve value for money and is governed by the public procurement rule to ensure that it is fair and open. Universities and colleges in the UK spend millions of pounds each year undertaking capital projects and buying goods and services. Increasingly, institutions are making their spending decisions in a sustainable way and many are adopting sustainable and socially responsible procurement policies.
Institutions that have a sustainable procurement strategy are taking their commitment a significant step forward, outlining their commitment to making spending decisions in a way that achieves both value for money on a whole life cycle basis, as well as wider economic, social and environmental benefits.
If you would like to connect with other EAUC members interested in fair trade, join the EAUC's Fair Trade Community of Practice. This group is for EAUC members only. Find out more.
EAUC-Scotland's Sustainable Procurement Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
Resources from the 'Building Socially Responsible Institutions' from the EAUC-Scotland Conference 2017.
Presentation from the 'Building Socially Responsible Institutions' Summit at the EAUC-Scotland 2017.
The Journey of Food is an interactive 30 minute eLearning module, developed by Cloud Sustainability in partnership with Veris.
University of Edinburgh's policy on the Modern Slavery Act and also a piece of research on modern slavery and universities -...
All 44 Universities and Colleges in Scotland have become full affiliate members of Electronics Watch, facilitated via their membership of APUC.
Jon Gilbert, Sustainability Support Officer, Bournemouth University emailed the Members’ network to ask, “At Bournemouth we are in the process of developing a...
This briefing document from VWR relates to reducing carbon emissions, resource efficiency and sustainable procurement.
While sustainable procurement is no easy task, it is becoming increasingly important to higher education institutions in the UK, and is now a tenet of UK public sector...
Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium Sustainability Statement February 2016
Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium Policy on Working with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) February 2016
Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement February 2016
In 2012, NUS asked students about what they understood Fairtrade to mean, as well as how important it was to them, where they get their Fairtrade clothing from, and what they...
It has been widely acknowledged that the way we manufacture and consume goods through the traditional industrial economy puts significant pressure on the earth’s resources.
The Sustainable Procurement TSN met on the 3rd October 2016 to discuss a number of social issues related to procurement. Topics included: The Modern Slavery Act The...
Matt Dunlop, Head of Sustainability, Newcastle University emailed the Members' network and the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE)...
A report commissioned by Nottingham Trent University’s business support project, 'Working with you' and part funded by ERDF. "As Nottingham’s largest...
Nottingham City Council's draft specification for a joint sustainable taxi tender with fellow Nottingham organisations.
University of Reading award Air Liquide UK drinks dispense gas contract.
Love Food Hate Waste - Moving On and Moving Out Guide.
Fruit Routes Recipes and Guide to Fruit and Foraging on Campus.