Purchasing with impact

Radboud University purchases approximately €120 million worth of construction works, services and products every year. The procurement policy ‘Inkopen met Impact’ (purchasing with impact) actively contributes to Radboud University's ambition to work towards a circular and climate-neutral university with respect for the environment and human welfare.

Our objectives

  • By 2025, our top 25 suppliers will have completed the sustainability scan. The results will be used to implement sustainable measures.  
  • By 2025, a procurement strategy for each purchasing category will be established with the category owner, taking into account socially responsible procurement. 
  • To promote diversity and inclusion, tenders will be subject to a requirement that at least 5% of the workforce be made up of people with a disadvantage on the job market (SROI). 

Where we are now

Sustainability is one of the main pillars of all our tendering and procurement projects. In line with our ‘Inkopen met Impact’ policy (purchasing with impact), we identify key sustainability issues at an early stage and work with suppliers to improve sustainability over the long term.

Since February 2023, all orders must be placed using the Bass ordering system, which makes it easier for us to encourage purchasers to order from preferred sustainable suppliers. This system also gives us an insight into all of the University’s purchases: transparency is the first step towards purchasing with impact.

In collaboration with Planet+Partners, the Purchasing Department has developed a sustainability scan: the Optimal Scan. The questions in this scan help us to determine the extent to which our suppliers are organised in a sustainable way. It provides an opportunity to monitor developments in the area of sustainability and to grow together. Many of our suppliers have already completed this scan.

This is what we are going to do 

  • Set up a tender board to identify procurement projects and owners. We will also identify which specific procurement projects will have an impact based on the sustainability and inclusion and diversity programmes. 
  • Launch a consultation at a tactical level, coordinating with faculties and divisions on current procurement and contract management issues.  
  • A tender process is underway to select a supplier to ensure that 90% of our furniture is circular. 
  • Include socially responsible procurement themes in all templates used for tendering. 
  • Make suppliers’ sustainability scores visible in the procurement system. 

What you can do to help

  • Do you really need the product? Do you have to buy it new?
  • Buy everything via iProcurement.
  • Order from a selected supplier so you can be sure your product is sustainable.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are seventeen goals aimed at making the world a better place by 2030. They serve as a global compass for addressing challenges such as poverty, education and the climate crisis.

Radboud University’s sustainability and purchasing policies align with the following SDGs:

  • 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • 17: Partnerships for the goals


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