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


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 and the protection of the environment. 


To learn more about how SUPC is addressing each of the aspects of sustainability outlined above, please read our Statements on Modern Slavery, SME Engagement Strategy and our Sustainability Policy under the documents tab below. 


What is SUPC Doing to Support Sustainability?
We recognise the importance of sustainability in the procurement process, and our significant role in influencing suppliers to undertake more sustainable practices.  

SUPC supports sustainable procurement in a number of ways:

  • We embed questions relating to environmental, social and economic practices within our tender documents and evaluation processes.
  • We encourage suppliers to operate sustainably as part of our contract management process and promote their success stories.
  • We operate a Sustainability Advisory Group that comprises procurement and sustainability experts.
  • As a member of Procurement England Ltd (PEL), SUPC adheres to a joint Sustainable Procurement Policy, which includes undertaking risk assessments of products and services in supply chains and adopting mechanisms and indicators to monitor and review the performance of vendors and achieve continuous improvement.  To see a full policy, please click on the document below.
  • We provide Scope 3 Carbon Emission Reports to institutions funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The reports help our members understand how much carbon they are emitting and are the first step in setting reduction goals.
  • We gauge our own sustainability practices as an organisation against the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s Flexible Framework.  We currently operate at Level 3 of the Framework and are always looking for ways to make improvements.  
  • 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.

What are SUPC Suppliers Doing to Support Sustainability?
SUPC supports both the NETpositive Sustainability Management Tool and the CIPS Sustainability Index, both tools help suppliers manage and demonstrate their sustainability initiatives. Many SUPC suppliers are prioritising sustainability by implementing:

  • Carbon emissions monitoring programmes and reduction targets
  • Various projects to reduce environmental impact
  • Online services to reduce, recycle and reuse paper products
  • Formalised relationships with environmental charities
  • 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 below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Where Can I Go for More Information on Implementing Sustainability?
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:


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