Sustainable procurement reduces waste and benefits the environment

The University integrates sustainability considerations into the procurement of goods, services and construction. Undertaking sustainable procurement contributes to sustainable development and environmental protection.

Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement is the process of acquiring goods and services that:

  • Meet the users' needs (functional, fit for purpose)
  • Deliver long term 'value for money' by considering whole-of-life costs
  • Engage in strategies to avoid unnecessary consumption
  • Maximise social and economic benefits
  • Minimise the environmental impacts of goods and services over the whole-of-life cycle
  • Assess the socially responsible practices of our suppliers, including compliance with occupational health and safety legislative obligations and the working conditions of employees
  • Consider buying local

Staff, students, contractors and visitors must adopt all applicable undertakings to ensure sustainability is embedded in the University’s teaching, research, engagement and operational activities across all our campuses to foster a culture of suitability that supports global priorities. For more information about or questions related to Sustainable Procurement contact Griffith Finance here or email:  fin-purchasing@griffith.edu.au

Staff and students

As consumers, what and how we buy can positively influence the supply chain.  Thoughtful purchasing benefits the environment and reduces waste.

Buy only what you need

  • Is it possible to reuse, hire, lease or share?
  • Deliver long term 'value for money' by considering whole-of-life costs
  • Engage in strategies to avoid unnecessary consumption
  • Maximise social and economic benefits
  • Minimise the environmental impacts of goods and services over the whole-of-life cycle
  • Assess the socially responsible practices of our suppliers, including compliance with occupational health and safety legislative obligations and the working conditions of employees
  • Consider buying local

Buy environmentally preferred products

  • Energy and water efficient products and services
  • Products made from recycled content and that can be recycled
  • Choose items with long warranties and with low operating, maintenance and consumable costs
  • Avoid products with hazardous and toxic materials
  • Deal with suppliers that have social and environmental policies and who minimise their packaging
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Minimise consumption

  • Avoid printing and set up on-demand and duplex settings, especially on shared printers
  • Take your own bags when shopping, and use a reusable mug at coffee shops
  • Stock the office kitchen with reusable crockery and cutlery and request these when catering at functions

Trash or treasure?

  • Reuse, recycle or donate items that are no longer of use

Business practices

  • Ethical farming and fair terms of trade support sustainable businesses, particularly in developing countries

Suppliers

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Griffith Procurement seeks to support and deal with ethical and socially responsible suppliers that operate in line with sustainable practices.

When responding to Griffith tenders and contracts, suppliers should expect questions about the sourcing of their products, as well as their organisation or business.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, the University has introduced mandatory recycled paper usage on all campuses. The Sustainable Paper Procurement Initiative includes mandatory recycled paper use in Student Printing Services and the removal of non-recycled paper products from preferred suppliers on Griffith Marketplace.

The Sustainable Paper Procurement strategy helps ensure that sustainability is embedded in the University’s teaching, research, engagement and operational activities across all our campuses to support global environmental priorities.

In addition, as part of the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the University endeavours to expand the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander suppliers that the University uses, where appropriate.

Contact us

Griffith Sustainability Room -1.10F, Building N16, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD, 4111