The products and services we buy have impacts in their manufacture, use and disposal.
The three key things you can do to make your procurement and purchasing more sustainable are:
- Find out how procurement works at UCL
- Find out about sustainable procurement
- Get training and tips to help you procure more sustainably
Tools and Resources
Impact Analysis Guidance
This guidance has been developed to support the integration of sustainability considerations within the procurement process. By sustainability considerations we mean the environmental, social and economic impacts, both positive and negative, related to the products and services purchased by your university.
The guidance introduces a sustainability impact analysis process which asks ‘How can I assess whether procurement sustainability commitments are appropriate?’
See the following completed analyses as examples:
If you would like to discuss using Impact Analyses or request training on using it, please contact
Eco-labels can help you choose the most environmentally and socially responsible products. See our list of the most common Eco-labels which you should look out for when buying products.
Sustainability Requirements for suppliers
Find out the sustainability responsibilities that suppliers are required and/or obliged to fulfill here.
Purchasing and Procurement Guides
UCL's Procurement and Sustainability team are happy to offer a number of relevant training courses to individuals or small groups on a range of procurement related topics. If you want to learn more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain eLearining by LUPC (free course)
LUPC, APUC and the University of Greenwich have developed an eLearning suite on 'Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain'.
This training will inform practicioners in the public sector of the importance to protecting human rights in the supply chain. It will teach you how to assess and prioritise risks, monitor supply chains, respond to abuse and measure and report effectiveness. There’s also a module on compiling your annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement under the Modern Slavery Act.
Modern slavery eLearning by the Open University (free course)
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.