Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Case studies and news

Read examples of good practice on ethical purchasing from around the University.

Staff experience of one year Fairphone trial

Fairphone case study Start McLean
Stuart McLean from Procurement is frequently working from different locations, so decided to try using a refurbished Fairphone for work which could also double up for personal use. He shares his reflections from using the more ethical phone for a year.

Ensuring fair work practices

Digitising Scotland project team with employees at Mobius knowledge services Chennai
Read about how fair working practices were integrated into a recent contract. This procurement allowed the ‘Digitising Scotland’ project team to visit Mobius in Chennai in May 2017, offering a rare opportunity to verify working conditions at an overseas supplier.

Ensuring equality and diversity

Stickers labelled equality and diversity
Read about how equality and diversity were embedded into a recent contract. The awarded contractor, Haven Document Services, provide stable employment for disabled people, who are supported by the company to train and progress in their careers.

Coordinating stationery orders at Charles Stewart House

Procurement officer Neil Crowley and Karen Rowberry of ERI explain the benefits to Charles Stewart House of coordinating stationery orders.

Graduation gown case study



Living Lab dissertation ideas for students: fair trade perceptions and the impact of robotics on workers


Could you represent the University in the Edinburgh Fairtrade City group?

We recognise and support the new International Fair Trade Charter

Fifteen-year commitment to fair trade renewed

University publishes 2016/17 Modern Slavery Statement

University updates Conflict Minerals Policy to recognise wider scope of risks

2017 University pledge to prevent slavery and human trafficking

University maintains Fairtrade status

University is first in UK to adopt conflict minerals policy

Take part in Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight: get involved!