Sustainable UCL


Procurement and Purchasing

The products and services we buy have impacts in their manufacture, use and disposal.

buying recycled products
Whether it's buying products that use recycled materials, that use less energy in their use, that conform to standards like Fairtrade, or are designed to reuse at end of life; buying better products gives us the opportunity to reduce waste, save energy and conserve resources.  

The three key things you can do to make your procurement and purchasing more sustainable are:

  1. Find out how procurement works at UCL
  2. Find out about sustainable procurement
  3. 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 Alexander.Jones@ucl.ac.uk


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

Procurement Training

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 procurement@ucl.ac.uk 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.

LUPC Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain eLearning

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.

Open University Modern slavery eLearning