The procurement team at Griffith is committed to raising awareness of sustainable purchasing. Our objective is to encourage procurement that offers reduced environmental impacts over the life-cycle of goods or services.
Sustainable Procurement means that when buying goods and services, consideration is given to:
- Strategies to avoid unnecessary consumption
- Demand Management
- Minimising the environmental impacts of goods and services over the whole-of-life cycle
- Assessing the socially responsible practices of our suppliers – including compliance with occupational health and safety legislative obligations and the working conditions of employees
- Buying locally
Comparisons may consider the source of raw materials, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, potential for reuse and recycling, operation, maintenance or disposal of the product. These may include, but are not limited to:
- energy and water efficient products and services
- products using less packaging or with provision for packaging take-back
- reduced waste
- products made from recycled or re-manufactured materials
- the use of renewable resources
- reduced hazardous waste
- reduced toxic and hazardous substances.
Griffith Procurement supports and deals 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.
What you can do
Griffith Staff can contribute to Green Purchasing and the environment in the following ways.
Use on-line ordering
Eliminate the need for paper purchase requests and stationery store requests and save paper, energy, time and money. Track requests online rather than keeping a paper copy and help us reduce unnecessary consumption.
Consolidate stationery and other requests
Increase the number of items ordered at one time to reduce the number of campus deliveries. Our internal staff and external suppliers will use less fuel and packaging materials and in turn, produce less carbon emissions as a result.
Buy only what you need
Keep an eye on what you store. Consumables such as toner cartridges are expensive and have a limited shelf life. It is false economy to buy what you don’t need only to throw it out because the shelf life has expired. Toners and other consumable items are readily available and delivered within a day or two.
Look for recycled content
Ask your supplier if there is a recycled content option for your next purchase.
Energy efficiency and labelling
Look for the 'Energy Star' when purchasing printers, computers and appliances.
Choose the non-hazardous option
Consider the life-cycle of the product, including the volume and cost of consumables and what is needed for its disposal. A less hazardous alternative can lead to less expensive disposal as well as contribute to employee safety by lessening exposure to hazardous or toxic substances.
Recycle packing materials
Use the recycling stations on campus for disposing of and recycling suitable items.
Where possible, share lab, office or other equipment and resources to help reduce unnecessary purchases.
Buy locally and support Indigenous
Use local suppliers. Not only do you support the local economy, it also helps reduce the costs and carbon emissions associated with fuel and transport.
In addition, as part of the University's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the University endeavours to expand the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander suppliers that the University uses, where appropriate.
End of Life
Consider the options for disposal: Can the item be repaired, reused or recycled? If it is still in good working order, consider getting approval to donate it to a worthy cause or group.
The Australian Government has developed a sustainable procurement guide. Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the adverse environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products and services throughout their life. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned ECO-Buy to develop the Sustainable procurement guide.