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.
Growhampton is a sustainability initiative with a big focus on food from the seed to plate and palate, from its edible campus, to its bee hives and The Hive sustainability café
The snappily named ‘SCAG’ consortium is an innovative shared services project delivering significant environmental benefits through sustainable waste management.
By following the below link, you will be able to find out information about ReEntry, the service delivered by Interface to ensure their products have another life beyond their use.
The Higher Education Procurement Academy has worked with the City of Glasgow College to develop a series of online learning courses, specifically aimed at procurement.
In this issue, we address the current sector hot topic - waste and the effect this topic has throughout your institution.
The Winners' Brochure for the International Green Gown Awards 2014 which brings together the finalists and winners of these Awards which are growing globally.
Extract from the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges 'ezine' 21/08/14 : Clarification on Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme for Scottish Universities and...
A presentation by David Beards from the 13th Annual EAUC Conference 2009.
EAUC's Annual and Impact reports from 2013 showing a year of work and achievement.
Legal update for EAUC Members (September 2014) which includes batteries directive, SWMP in wales, ISO 140001, plastic bag charges.
Legal update for EAUC Members (March 2014) which includes waste regulations in Scotland, waste carrier registrations, phase 2 of the CRC, EDOC, COMAH and animal by-product...
Legal update for EAUC Members (June 2014) which includes carrier bag charges in Scotland, waste transfer notes, REACH, landfill taxes, CRC reporting window and more.
Legal update for EAUC Members (September 2012) about the replacement of Business Link and Direct.gov
Association of University Directors of Estate's (AUDE) comprehensive annual report which details the impact of University estates and facilities across the UK (2014).
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. September 2014 issue.
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. May 2014 issue.
St Andrews have created Little Green Guides, all printed on recycled paper (naturally), updated for 2014, and ready for distribution over Freshers’ Week!
This handbook is designed to support the work of members who represent the union on environmental issues. It will help in the appointment of new reps and contribute to put...
The University of Manchester catering service strives to offer healthy, sustainable catering that is produced, processed and traded in ways that; contribute to the local...
A presentation from the EAUC annual conference 2014 on the good food agenda in FHE communities, stories from a Student Coop, a University Chef, and the Soil Association's...
A presentation from the 2014 EAUC Conference about implementing a socially responsible side to your procurement policy.
This presentation from 18th EAUC Annual Conference 2014 question's what the carbon bubble is, hits on fossil fuel investments and tackling the climate change finance.
Video interviews from 3rd Annual Efficiency in HE conference 27 March
Fairtrade Fortnight aims to raise the profile of the FAIRTRADE Mark, the principles of fair trade and the problems facing farmers and producers in developing countries. Staff at...
Outline of the Oxford Brookes University Fairtrade debate 'How universities can go beyond Fairtrade'. In celebration of 10 years as the World's first Fairtrade...
This is an event poster for Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 at Anglia Ruskin Students' Union to inspire your own communications.
This is a summary of the events for Fairtrade Fortnight at the University of Surrey 2014
This e-learning module is a guide to the sustainable procurement of the catering and food services.
This 'hot topic' summarises the recent Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 campaign, coordinated by EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice (CoP) plus some extra, bonus resources!
Coventry University’s grounds team have created an interactive campus for fun, learning and research replacing places of traditional planting and bedding .
Manchester Veg People is a multi-stakeholder co-operative of local organic growers and buyers who are working together to develop a new model for the local food supply chain.
This project is about embedding sustainability into the student curriculum and into their and staff’s lives at South Essex College.
The University of Edinburgh are working collaboratively to take fair trade beyond Fairtrade, in the name of decent livelihoods in developing countries. Find out how you could be...
A case study demonstrating the Carbon Trust and Colchester Borough Council's development of a Carbon Management Strategy which exceeded their target to reduce carbon...
View the Carbon Trust's range of case studies covering public sector bodies including universities and colleges.
WRAP provides online resource efficiency tools. The information you need to make savings for your business are quickly and easily available through WRAP. This includes case...
WRAP provides an online tool with advice and information for businesses in the hospitality and foodservice sectors, including actions and processes that can prevent food and...
New research released by WRAP shows that the UK’s hospitality and food service sector is facing an annual bill in excess of £2.5 billion for food waste. The report,...
A quarterly briefing paper which is submitted to AUDE members which ensures the voice of the EAUC and its Members are heard at this strategic level. November 2013 issue.
Access resources on sustainable procurement from HEPA
Presentation and postcard describing fair trade at University of Edinburgh created by EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice convenor, Liz Cooper for a workshop in October 2013
Prison labour justified punishment, rehabilitation opportunity, or disciplined workforce for private industry? Paper by EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice convenor, Liz...
Liz Cooper, convenor of the EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice has written about the effects of non-firm actors’ interventions in agro-commodity value chains on chain...
Blog post for the Just World Institute blog asking the all important question of, what can we do as procurers of goods to prevent future factory disasters in developing countries?
Liz Cooper, convenor of the EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice questions to what extent is SRI driven by genuine social and environmental concerns
Liz Cooper, convenor of the EAUC Fair Trade Community of Practice provides this insight into the University of Edinburgh's Fair Trade Strategy 2013-14
This is the University of Edinburgh policy and the proposed amendments to the Fair Trade Policy and Fair Trade Steering Group remit, April 2013
Fair trade Community of Practice convenor, Liz Cooper, sent out a survey to the group's members requesting their thoughts on fair trade in our institutions
EAUC Member responses about Keep Cup and other ways of encouraging the use of recyclable cups.
A case study from Nottingham Trent University's Environment Team about their journey to achieve Catering Mark standards.