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.
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