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Sustainable Procurement


The University seeks to make full use of electronic tools wherever appropriate in its procurement processes. The University has been using electronic tendering for almost 10 years and also has a well-established e-procurement ordering process utilising an e-marketplace that hosts electronic catalogues and facilitates the transmission and receipt of electronic purchase orders and invoices. The University also transmits non-e-marketplace purchase orders via automatically-generated emails and uses the same technology to electronically issue remittance advices to suppliers. Implementation of these processes has resulted in a dramatic reduction of the use of hard copy documents and stationery used in communicating to bidders and suppliers and, as a consequence, dramatically reduces the use of surface mail services.

​The ‘Commodity Profiling’ process that the University will be using to capture and report on Sustainability achievements has been completed. 

This document will be updated as and when required with amendments reported to the Environmental Performance Group. Further detailed data research will commence.​

The University has recently agreed a new tariff for purchase of green electricity with Green tariffs commencing August 2017.

Cardiff Met purchases its desktop, notebook and Apple devices through HE national agreements. The current desktops and notebooks agreement (and new agreement effective from 1.8.17) is let by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, who are members of Electronics Watch and apply the requirements of Electronics Watch into their procurement exercises.

Cardiff Met's Apple equipment is currently purchases from XMA through the HE National Apple equipment agreement. This agreement also includes contract clauses developed for the consortia by Electronics Watch (EW) to protect labour rights for workers in the supply chain. The clauses require suppliers to disclose information on factory locations, comply with international labour standards, facilitate EW access to factories and commit to concrete steps towards improvement of working conditions at factory level.