'Sustain' Project - a Sector wide collaborative tool for assessing Supply Chain Sustainability


APUC 'Sustain'

Is a collaborative project to understand the Social, Ethical, Environmental and Economic standards of our suppliers
With a range of parties in our Working Group
Uses Sector spend and supplier information to identify areas of risk and opportunities for scope and influence
Provides opportunity for 1 supplier site assessment, not numerous and is FREE for suppliers
Allows supply chain (sub supplier) information to be gathered


Current working group members are:

  • Procurement staff University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, APUC and University of Stirling
  • Sustainability advisers Glasgow School of Art, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen
  • Student representatives (institutional and independent organisations) University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, EUSA , AUSA and NUS (Scotland)
  • NGO's People and Planet
  • EAUC


Uses our Code of Conduct covering Social, Ethical, Economic and Environmental issues as our standard to assess supplier compliance against.

Driven by actual Sector contracts and spend, through the Sector wide contract database 'Hunter'.

The website is now live and APUC is in dialogue with a number of early adopter suppliers commencing the assessment process.