Transparency and reporting
We have undertaken to be transparent in what we do and continue to report progress on both our responsible procurement journey and our activities in general.
We have shared a number of reports over the preceding years including demonstrating the impact of 1,000 suppliers and the 1,000 suppliers Inforgraphic. We will continue to develop new initiatives and projects which will challenge the current thinking and practice of our team and those we work with.
Ensuring we are clear and transparent in all that we do is a fundamental principle of responsible procurement. This includes both how we report on our progress and impact but also how we measure and celebrate our improvements to ensure that sustainability is recognised as a key element of good procurement practice.
We measure and monitor our impact in a number of ways to reflect the range of audiences and reporting requirements. At a strategic level we feed into the University’s Annual Report and accounts.
We measured our progress as a team by benchmarking ourselves against the Flexible Framework, a specialist responsible procurement measurement tool. As part of this activity there are a great many of related initiatives, to which we contribute, and which we also measure. These include for example; local spend, use of SMEs, as well as the Procurement Value Survey and Benefits Methodology metrics for procurement that the higher education sector report against.
Sharing our learning
We will continue to share information and experience with our colleagues across the sector as a key part of our responsible procurement journey, a journey which is evolving as the environment and sector changes. This means the focus of our activity is shifting to the demonstration of our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Responding to the increased need for greater supply chain transparency, not least to meet the needs of the Modern Slavery Act, we will be working on a number of projects to investigate and map some of our supply chains.