Procurement Department

CIPS Sustainability Index (SI)

Sustainability Strategy

Within the Sustainability Strategy the University outlines its key aim in relation to Procurement – to promote and influence the purchase of goods and services that have minimal impact on the environment and offer a positive social and economic contribution.

The University also has obligations in relation to the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and has published its Statement and supporting Policy.

Risk assessments and due diligence

Integral to the work we need to undertake are risk assessments and due diligence to our supply chains. We need to ensure external suppliers and contractors are appropriately assessed and are working towards improving their own sustainability performance which supports the University's policy and strategy. The University of Nottingham has formally engaged with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) to use the CIPS Sustainability Index (CIPS-SI). This index will provide us with key information to assess our suppliers appropriately and provide evidence of applying due diligence in the course of business. The Index allows suppliers to obtain a rating of their performance in the areas of Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability via an online assessment. Part of the Social aspect will contain an assessment of Modern Slavery compliance. Completion of the assessment by our suppliers will be a fundamental part of our ongoing supplier management process and is necessary to help us meet our own sustainability and MSA obligations.


Benefits of CIPS to suppliers

We selected CIPS-SI as it is independent and fully endorsed by CIPS and because we feel it provides the best range of benefits to all participating suppliers. These benefits include:

• A CIPS backed supplier assessment that will reduce your time/resource employed in responding to multiple requests from other buying organisations and access to new buying organisations participating in the CIPS-SI

• A promotional pack to help publicise your CIPS-SI rating to your customers and attract new business, including a CIPS branded certificate, logo and PR material

• Tailored best practice guidance, insightful benchmark data and support to facilitate your ongoing sustainability initiatives

For full details please visit the CIPS website.


The University of Nottingham will obtain on-line access to completed scores and responses as part of our ongoing supplier management and compliance processes.  

For further information please contact the CIPS team.

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Procurement Department

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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