Sustainability Impacts & Opportunities

The University is committed to ensuring that the environmental, social and economic impacts of its purchases are understood and managed.

In order to assist departments in embedding such considerations into decision making the Purchasing Department has prepared summaries, for common categories of goods and services, of the likely impacts of making the purchase and opportunity areas for mitigating negative impacts or taking positive action.

We recommend that when making a purchase the summary that most closely matches the goods or services being purchased is reviewed, and consideration is given to whether any of the opportunity areas identified can be built into the specification, evaluation model or contract terms.

These summaries are not intended to be a definitive list of all the sustainability impacts and opportunity areas associated with making a purchase; but rather to flag key impacts and opportunities which you might decide to pursue or discuss further with suppliers. Equally they may be a trigger for you to develop your own ideas.

Assessments by Category

Contact details

For further information or to request additional summaries be developed, please contact:
Jo Sibbald (Deputy Director of Purchasing)
Email: jo.sibbald@admin.ox.ac.uk