This policy is being implemented for APUC contracted suppliers and is commended as best practice in sustainable procurement.
The University's Director of Procurement, EUSA VP Services and people&planet and SRS staff are in APUC's streeing group.
This supports the University Fair trade and other sustainable procurement policies.
The Key Objectives of the Policy are:
To enable institutions to use our agreements confidently in the knowledge that issues relating to social responsibility, ethical, economic and environmental impact have been addressed to an acceptable level, or better, APUC shall:
- Ensure its agreements remain fully EU compliant, but strongly focus on sustainable considerations wherever practicable and legal
- Establish materially effective minimum standards for supplier sustainability compliance
- Develop a full understanding of the level of supply chain sustainability within its supply base
- Promote adherence to the United Nations (UN) 10 principles of the Global Compact
- Support the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Procurement Action Plan and assist institutions to achieve a step change on the Scottish Sustainable Procurement Flexible Framework
Scottish Sustainable Procurement Flexible Framework
- Manage tendering and lotting strategies that ensure fair access to contracting opportunities for businesses of all appropriate sizes and organisation types wherever relevant
- Mitigate supply chain sustainability risks, and exploit the opportunities
- Develop, and disseminate, the APUC Code of Conduct
- Baseline and then manage continuous improvement in sustainable procurement by working with the supply chain
- Foster product and/or process innovation through supply chain collaboration
- Promote use of, and compliance to, these objectives by client institutions