There is no single definition of responsible procurement, but it is generally considered to be a procurement process that takes account of social, environmental and economic impacts to support sustainable development. We define it as:
“The process whereby environmental, social and financial impacts of all of UCL's procurement processes are taken into account, making sure to reduce negative impacts and enhance positive impacts.
Responsible procurement at UCL is a collaboration between the Sustainable UCL and Commercial and Procurement Services teams. Guided by our founding principles, our vision and values, and Sustainability Policy and Strategy, we want to make it easier for staff to make the right purchasing decision, and ensure all suppliers are supporting our sustainability ambition.
For an overview of our latest work and activities, check our Sustainability Annual Report and Modern Day Slavery statement.
Guidance for suppliers
Third party spend represents 50% of our expenditure. Our supply chain is crucial to enable delivery against our goals.
We ask our suppliers to consider and share the social, economic, and environmental initiatives they have in place generally and specifically as these relate to UCL.
- What is your target date to achieve Net Zero? What is your target date to reduce your carbon emissions and by what percentage?
- Are you ISO14001 accredited? What environmental management system do you use?
- Have you considered signing up to UCL's LEAF – Green Lab?
- Have you signed up to any of the sustainability tools/ charters eg. EcoVadis/ Anthesis?
- Are you able to share your environmental, social governance policy and any annual reports with us to improve the transparency of our supply chain?
- Do you have commitments to reduce your carbon footprint and how do you measure this and monitor progress?
Find out more below about guiding initiatives and standards.
Guidance for UCL community
- Check The Loop for guidance on purchasing and consumption from Sustainable UCL.
- Before making a purchase, read our checklist for responsible buying.
Information for staff
Find out about sustainable opportunities for staff at UCL, including for example, LEAF resources to make your lab sustainable, and sustainable travel resources.
Information for students
Find out about sustainable opportunities for students at UCL.
More on guiding initiatives and standards
We assess and review our supply chain against the following reporting initiatives/standards.
- UN Sustainable Development Goals
- The Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code
- Carbon Disclosure Project
- Global Reporting Initiative for GreenHouse Gas Protocol
- GreenHouse Gas Protocols (and carbon reduction management plans)
- Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) (UCL)
- Know the Chain - Key Findings Overview
- Modern Slavery Assessment tool (Cabinet Office)
- Modern Slavery due diligence prevention checklist
- Open Apparel Registry
- Scope 1 and 2 (and Scope 3 where available) emissions
- Science Based Target Initiatives
- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
- Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
- The Carbon Trust Standard
- The Carbon Trust product labels
- TISC (registry of s54 Modern Slavery Act statements)
- UCL Sustainability Strategy
- UK Govt PPN 06/21 submission on Carbon (noting that UCL is not included in the scope of this PPN)
- UN Sustainable Development Goals
- US Department of Labor register of goods with high risk of child or forced labour
- A practical guide for SMEs on how to mitigate the risk of modern slavery in their operations (PDF) by The Shiva Foundation