For a large organisation like the University of York, it's not just how we conduct our core business of research and teaching that makes a difference. The way we procure goods and services and the way we invest our funds can also have a significant impact on our local community and the wider world.
The University of York was awarded Fairtrade status in 2005.
We work closely with the Students' Union to improve the availability of Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance products across our campus.
The University is a large-scale purchaser and consumer of a variety of goods and services from food to lab equipment, buildings to stationery. We recognise and accept the need to be responsible in our choice of suppliers and our understanding of the life cycle of the goods we buy.
The underlying principles behind out procurement policies demonstrate our commitment to:
As a University we align ourselved with the Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence (SPCE). As a member of the North Eastern Universities' Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), who, together with SPCE have produced a sustainable procurement policy, we subscribe to the principles included in this document.
Examples of where we have projects in place to deliver our commitments include:
If you are a member of staff, you may also find the information contained in our sustainable procurement guidelines useful.
With a large number of restaurants, food and drink outlets and catering facilities, the University has an obligation to purchase, prepare, deliver food and dispose of waste as responsibly as it can. Here are some examples of how we do this:
Did you know...?
- All University restaurants and cafes serve Fairtrade tea and coffee as standard
- We are well on our way towards 100% recycled paper throughout the University
- Most of our fruit and veg is seasonal and from sources within the Yorkshire and Humberside region