The University of Twente takes sustainability into account when purchasing various products and services. The goals of sustainable procurement are: setting an example for others, achieving direct environmental benefits, influencing the market by creating and increasing the demand for less environmentally harmful products and services, and influencing the market by encouraging the development of environmentally friendly products.
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In 2008, the University of Twente signed the covenant on Sustainable Procurement. By doing so, the UT committed itself to applying a “triple-P” approach to the tendering process, striking the right balance between People, Planet and Profit (or Prosperity). In recent years, sustainability criteria have been included in tenders for office furniture, cleaning services, HSE services, promotional items, multifunctionals, flowers, moving services, car rental and waste.
In 2015, the University Procurement Platform (UPP) developed the UPP-SRP growth model via the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). The growth model consists of 10 metrics used to measure SRP efforts. The main aim is to encourage procurement departments to up their efforts and to improve visibility and transparency. Every year, an anonymous ranking of all universities is published.