Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines, or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across multiple commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
The policies, guidelines or directives:
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Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

The University applies Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). It is used for appropriate procurement involving the procurement of significant assets. This is currently applied on an intermittent basis and is currently being made mandatory.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:

Each business area is responsible for specifying appropriate requirements, these might include, for instance, compliance to standards, management of dust, noise etc, hazardous goods approvals. The University's purchasing catalogue contains sustainable-certified cleaning and chemical products. As par OP20, the University has state requirements for chemically intensive products.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating consumable office products?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:

The University requires its paper and printing services contractor to use FSC (mix) paper as a minimum for sustainable paper for printing.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating garments and linens?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating professional service providers?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:

Procurement: Tendering Procedures (section 12(c) requires all tenders, including professional service providers) to answer questions on environmental and sustainability assessments - https://www.sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2011/45&RendNum=0


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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All procurement activities and suppliers are held to account by the following policies which contribute to their social sustainability
* Procurement Policy 2019 - https://www.sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2011/40&RendNum=0
* Modern Slavery Policy 2020 - https://www.sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2020/516&RendNum=0
* UniBuy Procurement Procedures 2019 - https://www.sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2019/484&RendNum=0
* One Sydney, Many People Strategy 2021-2024
* Supplier Statement of Business Ethics - https://www.sydney.edu.au/content/dam/corporate/documents/about-us/working-with-the-university/suppliers/statement-of-business-ethics.pdf

From 2021, all existing and future contractors will be required to show a certificate of assessment from Ecovadis (https://ecovadis.com/) and suppliers must achieve a certain level of assessment for tenders to be considered. The University has undertaken this assessment as a business and scored a silver rating, putting it in the top 25% of companies assessed in human and labour rights, sustainability and ethics.

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