At the University of Leeds our vision is to become a University where sustainability is truly embedded through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation.
We recognise that all organisations impact upon the Environment in both a positive and negative ways, unfortunately the latter is unavoidable, so our aim is to lessen the negatives without having a detrimental impact upon our Organisation and its purpose and aims, in fact we recognise that by striving to achieve higher levels of sustainability we can reap many benefits, including cost savings.
For a number of years University Procurement via the Sustainable Procurement Group (SPG), has undertaken various projects relating to Sustainable Procurement, often in conjunction with either the University Sustainability Team, or resulting from suggestions made by individual members of staff.
These activities or projects were conducted because it was the right thing to do at the time, however they have also indirectly enabled the University to fulfil various elements of levels 1 3 of the Flexible Framework (FF), with a further push over the last few months we have now bridged the gaps and achieved level 4 of the FF.
As part of the development of Flexible Framework the Purchasing function have developed a 'Sustainable Procurement Standard', a document that helps bring things together and embed sustainability into University Procurement.