Sustainable Procurement Policy – Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University understands that the goods and services procured in the course of University business have environmental, social and economic impacts throughout the supply chain, as well as financial impacts upon Bath Spa University.

This Policy sets out the measures Bath Spa University will take to minimise the negative social and environmental impacts of its procurement decisions while maintaining value for money and financial probity. This policy delivers on policy statement six of our overarching Sustainability Policy: “Continually improve sustainable purchasing practices”.

To this end, Bath Spa University will:

  • Ensure that all relevant procurement legislation and Bath Spa University regulations are complied with
  • Develop a Bath Spa University specific Sustainable Procurement Strategy based on the UK Government’s Flexible Framework for sustainable procurement
  • Undertake a review of procurement within the University to identify key personnel and procurement areas with significant environmental and social impacts or risk
  • Provide appropriate training and guidance to key procurement staff to embed sustainability in the procurement process
  • Apply minimum sustainability standards where contracts have been assessed to be of high sustainability impact
  • Include sustainability criteria and, where practicable, whole life costing when assessing high risk sustainability contracts as part of the tender process
  • Engage with suppliers and contractors to improve the sustainability of their products and services
  • Source local products and services wherever appropriate
  • Communicate this policy to relevant University staff and our supply chain.

This policy will be reviewed annually by the Environmental Steering Group (ESG) to ensure it remains relevant and its aims and objectives are being met.

Date of last approval: May 2017
Approved by: Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade

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