Sustainability is one of the focus points in the 2016-2020 strategic plan of Utrecht University. With the aim of 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 and is the executive organisation when it comes to sustainability, innovation and international entrepreneurship.
In addition, additional, more ambitious sustainability criteria are included in many European tenders initiated by Utrecht University. This involves increasing cooperation with the Green Office of the university and through them, with experts within faculties and services. There is also increasing cooperation with other universities in the exchange of smart additional sustainability criteria.
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.
BRING SUSTAINABILITY UP FOR DISCUSSION 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 ultimately 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. With this, sustainability is and will remain open to discussion in the relationship between the university and its suppliers.
MANIFEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As one of the first universities, Utrecht University signed the Corporate Social Responsibility Manifest in December 2017. This manifest is intended to increase the effectiveness and impact of Corporate Social Responsibility.
For more information about purchasing, tenders and socially responsible purchasing, please contact the Purchasing and Tendering Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org / 030-253 12 30).