To learn more about SUPC and LUPC’s Joint Responsible Procurement Group, click here.

SUPC is committed to embedding responsible procurement across all aspects of the procurement process and its wider activities.  We are also committed to supporting and promoting responsible procurement within our member institutions, within our office and among our staff.  Our activities aim to address the social, economic and environmental aspects of responsible procurement.

Specifically, SUPC is committed to ensuring that we implement procedures and policies to support the elimination of human rights abuses in the supply chain, the removal of barriers for SMEs, the promotion of social value in tenders, and the protection of the environment. 

To learn more about how SUPC is addressing each of the aspects of responsible procurement outlined above, please read our Statements on Modern Slavery, SME Engagement Strategy and our Sustainability Policy which you can find in the selection of public files to the right.  

What is SUPC Doing to Support Responsible Procurement?

We recognise the importance of responsible procurement in the procurement process, and our significant role in influencing suppliers to undertake more sustainable practices.  

SUPC supports responsible procurement in a number of ways:
  • We use a Responsible Procurement Risk Assessment tool at strategy stage to identify the positive and negative impacts of a particular procurement activity with the intention of maximising or mitigating the effects respectively.
  • We have a question set available for use in tenders and call-offs to examine our suppliers’ approaches to various areas of the UN SDGs and Social Value TOMs. You can find the document in the section on the right.
  • We embed questions relating to environmental, social and economic practices within our tender documents and evaluation processes, some of the questions and requirements of our suppliers are flowed down into our contracts and KPIs.
  • We encourage suppliers to operate sustainably as part of our contract management process and promote their success stories.
  • We operate a joint SUPC and LUPC Responsible Procurement Group that comprises procurement and sustainability experts. You can find out more about the group by following the link above.
  • We provide Scope 3 Carbon Emission Reports to institutions. The reports help our members understand how much carbon emissions and are the first step in setting reduction goals.
  • We support other sector sustainable procurement initiatives such as S-Lab, which supports safe, successful and sustainable laboratories.
  • We develop tendering strategies that, where possible, encourage smaller suppliers to bid and this helps maintain vibrant, healthy and sustainable supply markets. Our updated SME Guidance document shows how we help SMEs to bid more effectively

What are SUPC Suppliers Doing to Support Responsible Procurement?

SUPC supports the NETpositive Sustainability Management Tool. This tool helps suppliers manage and demonstrate their sustainability initiatives. Many SUPC suppliers are prioritising responsible procurement by implementing:

  • Carbon emissions monitoring programmes and reduction targets
  • Various projects to reduce environmental impact
  • Online services to reduce, recycle and reuse paper products
  • Policies to ensure that suppliers meet international labour regulations

**SUPC members have access to NETpositive Futures at specially negotiated rates of £1550 (year 1) and £950 (year 2).  To learn more, read the NETpositive Futures Info Pack in the document menu on the right or email supc@reading.ac.uk.

Where can I go for More Information on Implementing Responsible Procurement?

There are several resources available to procurement professionals who want to learn more about sustainability and embedding sustainability within procurement.  You can visit the following websites and do a search to find more information: