The APUC Group (including Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges and Universities and Colleges Shared Services) is the procurement centre of expertise and shared service hosting organisation for, and jointly owned by, all of Scotland's universities and colleges.

APUC operates, employing over 70 staff, from three core team offices (Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow) with further staff located on a full or part time basis in over 30 locations across Scotland.

Our Responsible Business Policy considers the impact of the organisation's activities on society. To fulfil this responsibility, APUC integrates social, environmental and ethical concerns as well as those concerning human rights in its daily business activities.

Our Vision

At APUC, we are committed to driving forward Responsible Business operations throughout the organisation. We strive to demonstrate best practice through innovative and modern approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Our Activities

APUC is committed to raising awareness and implementing our vision through the following activities:

  • Managing continual improvement of responsible business activity internally by annually reviewing our Responsible Business Action Plan. This covers the following areas: Waste; Energy; Travel; Paper and Printing; Water; Social Responsibility; Procurement; and General Activity.
  • A key example of innovation is the introduction of a companywide ban on singe use drinks cups and bottles within APUC offices, to support the global drive to reduce waste plastic. APUC also encourages visitors to observe the same rule to raise awareness and continue to minimise waste.
  • APUC also recognises the detrimental impact consumption of some food products can have (e.g. production of beef and lamb requires over 10,000% more land per produce unit than that for production of pulses) and will endeavour where possible to serve only vegetarian food at its events/meetings.
  • APUC is working in collaboration with other organisations, including Electronics Watch, to improve workers' rights in public sector supply chains.
  • Encourage positive environmental impacts, through our collaborative tendering activities, wherever possible.
  • APUC is committed to meeting, and assisting its members to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs).
  • Work with our suppliers to ensure commitment to APUC's Supply Chain Code of Conduct assess our supply base's adherence to the Code and encourage transparency (through our Sustain assessment).

Our Next Steps

This Responsible Business Policy, together with our Responsible Business Action Plan, will be reviewed on an annual basis by a designated member of APUC and approved by the CEO.

The next review date is January 2019