Find out more about what we are doing to ensure fair trade and protection of human rights at the University.
Our commitments and policies
The University’s Procurement Strategy 2016-21 makes commitments to socially responsible and sustainable procurement. Our aim is to embed relevant social responsibility and sustainability requirements into the procurement process – from tenders to contract management.
Our purchasing practices are also governed by our Fair Trade Policy, Conflict Minerals Policy, Good Food Policy, Modern Slavery Statements and Community Benefits approach. We are affiliated to Electronics Watch, and a member of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group, and Scotland’s International Development Alliance.
In order to identify risks and opportunities related to goods and services we procure, we have used the Scottish Government Sustainable Procurement Prioritisation Tool and Sustainability Test Tool. The outcomes of these assessments feed into category action plans.
We ask suppliers to adopt the APUC Code of Conduct. We use the APUC Sustain tool to monitor key suppliers’ progress, and we directly engage with suppliers through one to one dialogue and through supplier events .
We collaborate on research to inform University practice, such as the EU-funded Make ICT Fair project.
We are committed to raising awareness of human rights and environmental issues linked to supply chains among students, staff and the general public.
Make ICT Fair project
Fair and sustainable procurement
Sustainable IT: Personal Computing Devices
Established in January 2020, this policy is focused on reducing the number of unnecessary personal computing devices. This will contribute positively to the University’s Zero by 2040 carbon ambition and reduce damage to the environment caused by the mining, manufacturing, transport and energy cost of additional devices; and minimise the disposal impact of old devices that cannot be recycled.