Sustainable Procurement

University sustainable procurement goals and strategy:

Our sustainable procurement goal is to procure goods and services in ways that maximise efficiency and effectiveness while minimising social, environmental and other risks.

When buying through the University’s purchasing systems, or using University contracted suppliers, students and staff can be confident that environmental and social issues have been taken into account.

Choosing goods and services that benefit the University, society, economy and the environment

Our objectives include:

  • Full compliance with the Sustainable Procurement Duty
  • Supporting University Policy through Sustainable Procurement
  • Enhancing the skills and knowledge of all staff with purchasing authority
  • Supporting businesses which employ over 30% disabled people by engaging with our suppliers and awarding contracts to supported businesses where possible
  • Use available tools and guidance to prioritise and implement sustainability goals relevant to the category of goods, services or works

Our approach is to:

  • Focus our specialist support on managing the procurement of goods and services that are either high value, high volume or high risk
  • Give priority to social responsibility and sustainability and whole life costs when selecting suppliers and awarding contracts
  • Ensure that all collaborative buying arrangements we enter into meet our own high standards
  • Provide guidance and training to support people across the University with responsibility for purchasing all other goods and services.

Sustainable Procurement Reporting

Sustainable Procurement activities are reported in the following ways:

Find out more

To introduce you to sustainable procurement at the University of Edinburgh there are sustainability guides on specific categories

General guidance for all suppliers to the University

Guidance for electronics suppliers

Guidance for catering suppliers

Guidance for laboratory suppliers


The University is a signatory to the

Social Impact Pledge - University Procurement Strategy

Lead Responsibilities

Lee Hamill, Director of Finance,

Sustainable Finance and Procurement Champion

Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

George Sked, Director of Procurement


Lee Hamill

Director of Finance

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George Sked

Director of Procurement

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Key CommitteesSustainability and Social Responsibility Committee (SRSC)

Convenor: Professor Alexander (Sandy) Tudhope,,University lead on Climate Responsibility and Sustainability


Sustainability Strategy Advisory Group (SSAG)

Convenor: Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department


Secretary to these committees:  

Jane Rooney


  • Fairtrade Steering Group

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Staff can join in the  Sustainability Champions Network here