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.
We work closely with the Students' Union to improve the availability of Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance products across our campus.
All of our catering outlets serve Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance coffee and tea as the standard offering. They also serve a choice of Fairtrade juices, confectionery and cakes. All of our coffee vending machines stock Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance products. The Nisa retail outlets on campus also stock a wide range of Fairtrade groceries.
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:
The University acted as a member of the North Eastern Universities' Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), who, together with Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence 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.
If you are a current or potential supplier you should be aware the University encourages all organisations to register with the NETPositives Engagement tool.
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 or Rainforest Alliance 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
- University of York Student Union (YUSU)
01904 32 3724
- Andrew Wood
Food Development Manager
01904 32 8424
Potential and current suppliers
The University encourages all organisations to register with the NETPositives Engagement tool