Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

PACES, the President's Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability, has developed a campus strategy entitled "Creating a Sustainable Western Experience". In response to this strategy, Western's Procurement Services have created a guide known as "Purple to Green: Sustainable Procurement Guidelines", that will assist PACES in achieving its sustainable purchasing goals. Within the Purple to Green: Sustainable Procurement Guidelines, it states that "Western has a responsibility to procure products with minimal environmental impacts and select products that are ethically sourced. Choosing products that consume fewer natural resources, have minimal waste outputs, and have a long life span are not only better for the environment, but also for our pockets. Procuring such products can lead to smarter returns on investments, happier employees, and a healthier planet." Additionally, it guides departments throughout campus to "purchase locally manufactured and Canadian made products when economically feasible".

Western prides themselves on offering opportunities openly, fairly and transparently to all businesses. Western strives to achieve the best value for money as they are publicly funded. Additionally, Western meets the requirements of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act in terms of the tendering processes.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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