Sustainable purchasing

Sustainability is an important issue within the university and as many of the goods and services the university needs are bought from external suppliers; sustainability is also an important issue in procurement. To secure sustainability in the procurement processes, it is integrated in the strategy phase of all European Tenders. During this phase, the tender committee looks into options and possibilities to integrate sustainability goals in the tender documents.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to implement sustainability in tender documents. The reason for this is that the university is bound by European tendering regulations. Those regulations prescribe us to allow as many suppliers as possible to compete for our tenders and sometimes sustainable criteria can be too strict for that. If that is the case, we can only use the criteria of the RVO.nl, because these criteria are specifically designed for European tendering. In the most recent monitor from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment the EUR scored nearly 100% on the use of those criteria.

Next to that, the EUR also underwrites the OESO principles for multinationals (version 2011). These guidelines offer useful tools for suppliers to deal with issues like supply chain liability, human rights, child labor, environmental issues and corruption. The EUR expects her suppliers to respect these guidelines and communicates this in all her tender documents.