Sustainability aspects play an important role for Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in selecting (potential) suppliers. EUR and other universities have signed the covenant ‘sustainable purchasing’ in 2012 with the former ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. This covenant agreed that 50% of purchasing should be labelled as sustainable. In 2013 this goal was extended to 75%. Sustainability is therefore well anchored in tender procedures. Per tender, the possibilities to include sustainability are evaluated. Sustainability factors are ensured in the demands, wishes and contract agreements.
Assistant Purchasing Platform
Erasmus University Rotterdam constantly strives to improve her purchasing strategy. For example, EUR works together with the other Dutch universities within the Assistant Purchasing Platform. Within this platform, information and knowledge is shared, but also tools such as programme requirements. And sometimes certain services/goods are purchased together. In 2016, the Assistant Purchasing Platform developed the growth model. Through this growth model, all the tenders are evaluated in terms of socially responsible purchasing. Through this model the efforts to purchase socially responsible are encouraged and made measurable.
European sustainability criteria
For European tenders, EUR always uses the sustainability criteria of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency that are specially developed for European tenders: the PIANOO MVI criteria. Furthermore, EUR endorses the OESO guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (version 2011). These guidelines instructs how to deal with issues such as chain responsibility, human rights, child labour, the environment and corruption. EUR expects her suppliers to respect these guidelines and communicates this in her tender documents.
Furthermore, the project leader of the Participation Law ('Participatiewet') is consulted during tenders, to make sure that responsibilities that EUR has according to this law are met with new procurements.