Financial Services

Sustainable procurement

Further Information

  • Procurement Assist
  • The Green Office program

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We welcome suggestions from staff, students or suppliers of innovative working practices or products, which help support sustainable procurement. Please email with any suggestions.

Organisations such as UWA are finding there are benefits to conducting procurement activities with an eye to doing so in a sustainable manner.


Sustainable procurement
A process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.

Fair Trade

At UWA we are actively promoting sustainable procurement. We are proud to have gained Fair Trade University Accreditation in 2012.

The Green Building Program

UWA has instituted The Green Building Program which, through education, aims to:
  • increase recycling and reduce waste
  • reduce the use of paper
  • reduce energy consumption
  • reduce water consumption
  • purchase environmentally preferred products
  • encourage staff to use sustainable transport
  • engage staff and increase University awareness of sustainable office management initiatives.

Procurement at UWA

All members of staff who make purchasing decisions should be aware of the principles of sustainable procurement and are required to consider environmental impacts and opportunities during the procurement process, particularly during the early stages of the procurement process when they are defining business needs, market analysis, tenders and quotation strategies before going out to the market.

Sustainable Procurement Policy

Considerations should include:

  • the balance between the three components of sustainable development; economic; social; environmental
  • environmental – recycled; recyclable; reduced packaging; energy-efficient?
  • disposal – can it be upgraded; can it be repaired; any resale value?
  • buy local – reference should be given to locally produced/sourced goods and those produced in Australia
  • ethical procurement – ensure that the supply chain has ethical practices
  • fair trade – selecting a "Fair Trade" provider and products where possible.

More detailed information can be found by reading the UWA Sustainable Development plan

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