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We aim to ensure all our stakeholders and service providers share our goal to work ethically and sustainably. We'll work together to reach our shared goal of making a difference to climate change by 2040.

Sustainable procurement otherwise known as sustainable purchasing, is a process in which we ensure the companies that supply products to the University do so ethically and with sustainability in mind. It's important for us to work with businesses that share our aims to help the planet.

We recognise our business encompasses many internal and external stakeholders both locally and globally, and a wide variety of diverse activities and support services which collectively result in a significant environmental impact. 

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Our policy

The Sustainable Procurement Policy represents a commitment to our Environmental Sustainability Plan and the objectives within it. 

Key areas where our purchasing has an impact are: 

  • Biodiversity 
  • Consumption of energy 
  • Production of waste 
  • Production of carbon emissions 
  • Pollution created through whole life cycle
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Working together to reach Net Zero

Scope 3 emissions from our supply chain are estimated to be four times greater than the emissions from our built estate. These are emissions from the goods and services we procure, which we have influence over, but do not directly control.  

Our target is to achieve Net Zero Carbon for these carbon emissions by 2050. We are beginning by engaging with our most significant suppliers about their carbon reduction plans, and we are working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and other public sector organisations to identify common areas of action.