Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Identifying social and environmental impacts of University supply chains

The University of Edinburgh is working on identifying potential social and environmental impacts of its supply chains, throughout the lifecycle of products and services it procures, from the stage of extracting raw materials all the way up to disposal.


The University is one of the first institutions to trial the methodology set out by the Scottish Government as part of the Sustainable Procurement Duty introduced in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Read how the University is using this methodology to incorporate social responsibility and sustainability issues into our procurement process.

Priority categories

Five overarching categories have been selected as priorities for assessment. 

Electronics, including science electronics

Laboratory equipment




Pending publication.


Contact Chris Litwiniuk for more information.

Chris Litwiniuk

Engagement Manager

Contact details


  • After completing an MSc in Energy and Environmental Management, Chris joined the University in 2013, initially as an intern in the Waste Team, then moving to the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability to work on programmes related to energy, travel and supply chains.

    He coordinates the Engagement Team, working on projects to implement different sustainability initiatives across the University, and also oversees applications to the Sustainable Campus Fund.