The University of Westminster is committed to understanding and managing the environmental and social impacts of our operations, including the procurement of goods and services.
The University's Sustainable Procurement Policy & Strategy outlines five key objectives, in line with the Flexible Framework, developed by the UK Sustainable Procurement Task Force:
- Develop sustainable procurement awareness and skills amongst staff and students, across the whole University.
- Develop an effective and understandable Sustainable Procurement Policy and Strategy, in line with Government policies and regulations, and communicate this to all stakeholders on a regular basis.
- Reduce the University’s impact on the environment and maximise economic benefits by embedding sustainability at the early stage of the procurement process and throughout the procurement lifecycle.
- Engage with suppliers to understand and reduce the impacts of its supply chains and purchase more sustainable and efficient products.
- Monitor and review the impacts of actions taken in support of sustainable procurement and demonstrate results as well as identify opportunities to further improve sustainability practices.
With the aim to further embed sustainability, the University focuses on integrating its values of environmental protection and social responsibility into supplier relationships. The Sustainability Charter represents a joint commitment between the University and its suppliers to manage social, economic and environmental impacts throughout procurement lifecycles, and to support the University’s initiatives.
Also, the University is affiliated to Electronics Watch to ensure the protection of labour rights through public procurement and to provide a more efficient monitoring system in order to efficiently manage the University social impacts.
Procurement is a key driver for sustainability at the University and plays a crucial role in the delivery of it's sustainability projects and initiatives, such as:
- Increasing renewable energy compared to energy from fossil fuels.
- Switching to 100% recycled paper.
- All new photocopiers/printers are double-sided as default.
- All new lighting to be energy-efficient.
- Minimising, re-using and recycling waste.
- Promoting Fairtrade products.
- Promoting sustainable food.