Update on the new Supplier Engagement Tool for the HE Sector

Last month we shared news of the new supplier engagement tool that is now supporting our sustainable procurement activity, view article.


The tool enables suppliers to demonstrate clearly their commitment to sustainability and provides a simple yet robust response to the Modern Slavery Act, individual universities will also have the opportunity to send the tool to their own supply chains through a reduced member rate.


We are delighted that not only have 30 of our suppliers already signed up and created a free sustainability action plan for their business but that several NEUPC members are now using the tool too!


“The University of York has recently purchased access to the NETpositive Supplier Engagement Tool. We believe that it will be invaluable in helping us to progress our sustainable procurement agenda, specifically the supplier engagement element.


We also believe that this tool will provide a vital input to our reporting under the Modern Slavery Act.” Rob Hunt Head of Procurement, University of York.


Nottingham Trent University has also signed up to use the tool. “We love how the tool benefits both us and our suppliers.  It demonstrates how seriously we take sustainability.” Grant Anderson, Sustainability Manager, Nottingham Trent University.


The NEUPC team will soon be undertaking training to ensure that we use the action plans that suppliers create to inform discussions during contract management meetings. We look forward to sharing progress with our members in the coming months using data from the tool.


For more information contact Jimmy Brannigan [email protected] or Sheri-Leigh Miles [email protected]   


Publication date: 17 May 2016