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Sustainable Procurement and Commissioning

The goods and services we procure have varying level of impacts on the environment.

By including environmental specifications into relevant aspects of our procurement and commissioning processes will influence our supply chain, suppliers, and contractors to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.

Our five main procurement and commissioning areas are:

  • Construction and buildings refurbishment
  • Food and Catering
  • Uniforms, Workwear and Textiles
  • Cleaning Supplies and Services
  • Information Technology (IT) Hardware and Equipment


As part of our commitment to influence our suppliers and contractor to embed good environmental practices across their operations; we are pleased to report that 9 of our top-12 suppliers and contractors currently have ISO 14001:2015 certificates


The HEPA (Higher Education Procurement Association) e-learning platform offers a range of free subscription-based e-learning modules to all staff, including a course on sustainable procurement.

Commitments: Sustainable Procurement

  • As part of our commitment to influence our supply chain, we will develop a sustainable procurement guide. This guide will support the delivery of our commitment to embed the principles of sustainable development and CSR into all relevant aspects of our procurement processes.
  • We plan to integrate environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation specifications into all relevant aspects of our procurement processes as well as include sustainability performance reporting in all service level agreements (SLAs) with major contractors. We hope that this approach will encourage our suppliers and contractors to embed sustainable development and good ethical standards into the way they do business. For example, all our building contractors and facility management partners would be expected to demonstrate that they are embedding climate change adaptation, and energy efficiency into the projects and services they implement across our campuses.

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