Sustainability is one of the focus points in the 2016-2020 strategic plan of Utrecht University. The aim is fully carbon-neutral business operations in 2030. The Purchasing and Tendering Centre (IAC) from the Facilities Service Centre actively contributes to the realisation of this ambition by stimulating faculties and service departments to opt for sustainable products and services.
REQUIREMENTS AND WISHES FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN PURCHASING PROJECTS
The Purchasing and Tendering Centre is constantly looking for opportunities for sustainable procurement of products and services. Sustainability aspects play an important role in the selection of (potential) suppliers and their products or services.
In European tenders, Utrecht University always uses the sustainability criteria drawn up by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO NL). The RVO is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
In addition, other sustainability criteria are included in many European tenders initiated by Utrecht University. This involves increasing cooperation with the Green Office of the university and experts from faculties.
The university uses, wherever available, the criteria for socially responsible procurement drawn up by PIANOo (Expertise Centre for Procurement of the Ministry of Economic Affairs) unless these entail unacceptable additional costs or other restrictions.
DISCUS SUSTAINABILITY IN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH SUPPLIERS
Utrecht University is affiliated with FIRA. As a knowledge broker in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, FIRA assesses the extent to which sustainability is embedded in the business processes of suppliers. The Purchasing and Tendering Centre uses this information prior to the tender to take note of the state of affairs regarding sustainability in the sector and to identify the best practices. In the tenders themselves, the winning supplier is asked to also join FIRA, so that their progress in the field of sustainable business operations can be monitored throughout the contract period.
MANIFEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As one of the first universities, Utrecht University signed the Corporate Social Responsibility Manifest in December 2017. This manifest intends to increase the effectiveness and impact of Corporate Social Responsibility.