The University of Bath is committed to delivering responsible and sustainable outcomes through our procurement activity.

This means we are considerate of the impact, both positive and negative, that the University may have on the environment, the economy, and society in general when procuring all our goods, services and works.

A new Responsible Procurement Code of Practice has been developed in consultation with the University's Sustainability & Carbon Management Steering Group and was endorsed by this group on 25 September 2018.

There is an expectation that suppliers to the University will comply with the principles of this document where relevant, and that the implementation of Responsible Procurement is the collective responsibility of all staff, suppliers and agents to the University.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) sustainability index

The University of Bath has engaged with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) to use the CIPS Sustainability Index as a key part of the ongoing management of our suppliers. The aim is that this will not only help us meet our own sustainability obligations as an organisation, but it will also support our suppliers to promote and enhance their sustainable practices.

The CIPS Sustainability Index is an independent assessment of a supplier's social, economic and environmental impact and by using the CIPS Sustainability Index suppliers can measure their sustainability effectiveness and identify areas of improvement.

We have written to a number of our key suppliers to provide information regarding the CIPS Sustainability index and encourage them to participate. Please note that participation is non-mandatory and is not a pre-requisite to doing business with the University.

For more information about the CIPS Sustainability Index please visit