University scores top marks for its sustainable procurement
27th July 2017
The University of Manchester has achieved Level 5 – the highest possible rating – in the Government’s flexible framework for sustainable procurement.
The University is the first in the country to have its self-assessment independently verified, with Manchester’s practices checked by peer experts in their field from both procurement and an international sustainability background.
The rating is recognition of practices, documentation, supply chain engagement, environmental impact as well as supporting large and small business at the University. This work has been widely emulated across the HE sector, with the Procurement Team regularly asked for their advice and input by other organisations.
The flexible framework was put into place around ten years ago by the Government, initially designed for local authorities. It has since been taken as a benchmark of quality for many other public and private sector organisations, but Manchester is the first university to have its practices independently audited to the highest level.
With an annual spend of around £410m on goods and services, these changes to the University’s procurement practices have made a considerable difference and are supporting the University’s ambitious social responsibility agenda.
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