Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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.

The Procurement Office

Find out about purchasing for staff

Sustainable procurement prioritisation

Five areas: travel, electronics, food, labs and construction
The University of Edinburgh is working on identifying potential social and environmental impacts of its supply chains, throughout the lifecycle of products and services it procures, from the stage of extracting raw materials all the way up to disposal.

Supplier engagement

Fair trade and sustainable procurement being discussed at staff and student workshop
The University of Edinburgh encourages our suppliers to work with us to adopt sustainability improvements and innovations that go beyond contractual requirements.


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.