Responsible Procurement


NWUPC's members are at the core of our organisation and we are driven to ensure that our members Framework Agreements meet their requirements.  The responsibilities, targets and commitments of our members are reflected in the work that we do and our Sustainable Procurement Strategy.  Our goal is to support our members to achieve value for money through sustainable collaborative procurement.

NWUPC's Sustainable Procurement Strategy has five key objectives to enable us to achieve our strategic goals:

1. People - Development procurement staff with an advanced level of sustainable procurement knowledge.

2. Policy - Implement policies where sustainability is embed and which will facilitate sustainable procurement activities.

3. Process - Embed sustainability into all process and develop tools for a robust method of whole life costing.

4. Engagement - Engage with suppliers to ensure that they recognise that sustainability is key to all consortium activities.

5. Measurement and Results - Develop Supplier Engagement Tool to measure performance and produce targets and KPIs.

More information can be found in NWUPC's Sustainability Strategy and associated governance documents.

As part of NWUPC’s commitment to Sustainable Procurement, and to our members in developing responsible supply chains, we have launched a tool in partnership with NETpositive Futures, The University of Manchester, TUCO, NEUPC and SUPC. The tool will capture data that will help you to actively demonstrate the steps you are taking to support Sustainable Initiatives.  The tool contains a short questionnaire for you to complete, this will then create a personalised and tailored action plan for your business. You are strongly encourage to upload evidence to showcase your completed actions as these will be used to promote your business to members and may feature in our Sustainability E-newsletter – ECOnnect!

Many Universities across the UK have already signed up to the tool with many more taking a strong interest in doing so. You will only have to complete the tool once and the information will be available to all of your university customers.
Your action plan will be used by NWUPC in on-going contract management and will be a standard agenda item in future review meetings.
Please click on the link to start the process : supplier engagement with NETpositive Tool


Page Updated - 15/04/2021