Demonstrating success in responsible procurement in HE is getting easier thanks to the growing number of dedicated professionals in the sector. Championed by the National Responsible Procurement Group, the topic is now being considered widely in institutions, and we always like to share information and good news on the subject:
The North West Universities Purchasing Consortium recently published another edition of its excellent newsletter ECOnnect. The e-newsletter focuses on sustainable practices and projects from across the NWUPC member and supplier base, includes a range of good news stories that demonstrate innovative and wide ranging practices.
The London Universities Purchasing Consortium shared with us its first Annual Report of the LUPC Responsible Procurement Advisory Group. This details the work of the team and sets out what it has achieved so far, as well as the plans for the future.
Finally, for all interested in Responsible Procurement, there's lots available on our website including the minutes from the meetings of the national group, the group terms of reference, the results of the responsible prcourement survey, and much more.
A reminder of our definition of Responsible Procurement. It:
- seeks to build on and expand the scope of ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ procurement to include environmental, economic, and social issues and their risks and benefits;
- includes a range of considerations of equal or greater importance than profitability and the generation of value;
- includes purchasing that minimises carbon emissions causing climate change, challenging the systems and industries driving it;
- identifies, prevents and mitigates the risks of human rights abuses in the supply chain, including forced labour, child labour and human trafficking; and
- recognises that these considerations are interconnected, and must be approached in their totality.
If you wish to share with us any information around your work on this subject, do get in touch.