Fair and sustainable procurement
The University has made various commitments to working towards socially responsible and sustainable procurement and supply chains.
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 other University contracted suppliers, students and staff can be confident that environmental and social issues have been taken into account.
Sustainable procurement prioritisation
The University of Edinburgh was affiliated to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) from 2012 to 2017. The WRC is a US-based organisation that aims to monitor working conditions in garment factories that produce university-branded apparel and other garments, on behalf of its higher education institution members. From 2017, the University took the decision to focus on working with UK partners to develop further collaboration on socially responsible garment purchasing, in a manner that reflects the UK and European public procurement context.