It’s often been said that sustainability begins with the consumer and the purchasing of a particular item is a vote for that product. If sustainable development can be defined as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, then sustainable procurement could be described as one of the engines which delivers it. Pressure is increasing on procurement managers to integrate sustainable thinking into their university and college supply chain processes. Doing so, often means identifying goods and services with the smallest ecological footprint while at the same time reducing problematic social and health & safety issues.
The University funding body HEFCE has acknowledged the need to promote wider development of the issue and has promised to continue working with sector bodies to support sustainable procurement.
For more information on how to procure sustainably for ICT equipment read the EAUC Insight Guide on Sustainable ICT Procurement.
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