Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainable procurement prioritisation

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.


The University is one of the first institutions to trial the methodology set out by the Scottish Government as part of the Sustainable Procurement Duty introduced in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

This involves identifying potential environmental and human issues in University supply chains, and taking steps to address these at an appropriate stage in the procurement cycle.

Read how the University is using this methodology to incorporate social responsibility and sustainability issues into our procurement process.

Priority categories

Five overarching categories have been selected as priorities for assessment. 

Electronics, including science electronics

Laboratory equipment




Under review.