Responsible Procurement

The University of Reading takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and will aim to manage its operations in ways that are environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially responsible. The University is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising the impact of its operations.

Responsible procurement will enable the University of Reading Strategy which aims to create new knowledge; embrace and celebrate diversity of people and ideas; and care for our environment..

As a supplier, you have a crucial role to play in helping us achieve our responsible procurement targets.

The University's role

The University has reduced its carbon emissions by 40%, consistently achieved a 50% recycling rate and has diverted the majority of waste from landfill to energy from waste alternatives. In addition, our main campus has achieved the Green Flag award for the last 9 years for its outstanding green space. We have also invested significantly into improving new build standards ensuring that they meet BREAAM 'Very Good' or better, whilst incorporating low carbon technologies where possible. To ensure the equipment in buildings is as efficient as possible, we have a programme of works to identify inefficient equipment, such as fume cupboards, and upgrading them to improve energy efficiency.

We are continually improving our environmental performance with the use of both an Environmental Management System (EMS) and an Energy Management System (EnMS) certified to ISO14001 and ISO50001 respectively. These will be merged in the 2019/2020 academic year create an Integrated Management System. The EMS covers aspects such as emissions to air, water use, waste and recycling, energy, transport and travel and use of raw materials.

Your role as a supplier

Environmental & Energy Policy

The goods or services you supply will impact our environmental and energy performance and it's your responsibility to ensure this is managed in accordance with University policy.

It is important that you make all staff working on behalf of the University aware of our Environmental and Energy Policy and ensure they know that they must comply with our EnMS and EMS.

Furthermore, if the environment and energy procedures are followed, it reduces the risk of non-compliance with environmental legislation and helps us to protect the environment.

Where we are purchasing equipment that may have a significant impact on the University's energy usage, the tender will partly be evaluated on the basis of energy performance. To find out more about the University's relevant policies and management systems, visit our Sustainability web pages.

If you require further information on your role as a supplier in terms of sustainability, details of our policies and management systems, please email

Modern Slavery Policy

The University of Reading is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.  

The University of Reading Modern Slavery Statement sets out the steps the University has undertaken, and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our organisation or supply chain.


We also encourage suppliers to help us improve our management systems and we welcome suggestions on how this can be done. We look forward to working with suppliers via our new eMarketplace in 2021.



Things to do now

  • Visit the University's sustainability website, Clean and Green 

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