The Flexible Framework is a widely used self-assessment mechanism developed by the business-led Sustainable Procurement Task Force, which allows organisations to measure and monitor their progress on sustainable procurement over time.
This approach has been adopted by the Higher Education Sector and a target of achieving Level 4 of the Flexible Framework is commonly set. We are one of only a handful of universities within the UK that has achieved this target. We have been externally assessed by NETpositive Futures, who will monitor our performance annually. To achieve Level 4 we have reviewed our entire procurement process to ensure that consideration of the environmental, social and economic considerations of all that we buy are embedded in our standard approach to procurement.