Purchasing

Policy Target: maximize purchasing of sustainable and socially responsible products

As a state agency, the University of California is mandated to engage in environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) by Executive Order B-18-12. State agencies should purchase and use environmentally preferred products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods or services that serve the same purpose, whenever they are applicable, perform well, and are cost efficient.

The UC system has taken this a step further by developing the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines, which establish required and preferred targets for sustainable purchasing on products such as office supplies, electronics, cleaning supplies, and office furniture. The required level is the minimum criteria at which 100% of these purchased products should be. The preferred or green level is products that are more sustainable and UCLA aims to reach at least 25% green spend. The chart below shows where we currently stand with our green purchasing (cleaning supplies are excluded because they have different targets, but included in the total percentage). Our sustainable food procurement targets are measured separately and can be found on the Food Systems webpage.

Trademarks & Licensing

UCLA measures the performance of trademark licensees according to social sustainability metrics that are used to manage its licensing program. Using data on each licensee’s willingness and ability to provide transparent, safe, and fair workplaces and supply chains, UCLA reduced its licensee base by more than 60%, while still increasing licensee engagement and maintaining revenue goals. Currently, a group of 126 licensees have demonstrated the commitment to develop management systems that meet UCLA’s code of conduct standards. In 2020, UCLA Trademarks & Licensing is going beyond social sustainability with a new assessment, EcoVadis, that encompasses social and environmental sustainability, ethics, and sustainable procurement practices of licensees. This has led UCLA to winning the 2020 Best Practices Award in Sustainability Innovation at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and our work will also be featured in the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index.


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