Responsible Procurement Policy

Anglia Ruskin University is committed to responsible procurement through the integration of economic, environmental and social elements of sustainability throughout our entire procurement process and expect the same standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.

We recognise that our purchasing can have adverse as well as positive impacts on our community and environment, both locally and globally. Through purchasing decisions ARU aims to strengthen the sustainability of society and the environment.

This Policy forms part of our broader environmental policy and management system which is certified to the international standard ISO 14001.

The aims of this policy are to improve our key suppliers' environmental and social performance, including their understanding and response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, by using more efficient goods and services and fair working practices.

This policy is identified within the Financial Regulations and must therefore be complied with all staff.

An assessment of the environmental risks and opportunities associated with our key product and service categories is incorporated within our register of environmental aspects and impacts and procurement category analysis.

Our Procurement and Environmental Strategies provide the objectives, targets, timelines and resources to deliver these commitments and inform a regular review of this policy.

Through this Policy we will commit to this following:

  • Procurement decisions will balance economic (including Whole life costs), social and environmental factors
  • Tender specifications will clearly demonstrate the importance of our commitment to the integration of economic, environmental and social factors throughout our entire procurement process
  • Contract management will include performance indicators and incentives which reflect the environmental and social performance of the requirement
  • We will encourage SMEs and local suppliers to tender for our contracts
  • We will engage with suppliers to encourage their adoption of environmental and social good practice and build awareness and an active response to slavery and human trafficking
  • Fair trade or equivalent shall be considered for all goods, and Fairtrade options should be purchased alongside others for catering and hospitality product categories
  • Advice and support will be provided to our staff who undertake procurement activities on how to implement this policy
  • The University will monitor and report on progress applying this Policy.