Q3 2019/20

Report Date
May 2020

Key activities for this area in Q3 were:

  • SRS supported a group of students from the Buchanan Institute to explore labs consumables packaging. The aim of the project was to identify opportunities to reduce or reuse packaging, or swap to more sustainable forms of packaging. The group prepared a survey, which SRS distributed to suppliers. Unfortunately this project has now stalled due to Covid19. 
  • SRS collaborated with students from the MSc Carbon Finance course to develop non-spend based carbon accounting methodologies for scope 3 supply chain emissions. The project was led by Liz Vander Meer, with Alexis and Peter (Procurement) supporting.  The group submitted their final report in April, focusing on emissions resulting from catering, construction and supplier deliveries. The report identified several carbon hot spots that could be targeted in future. 
  • Alexis supported a group of students from the masters course Case Studies in Sustainable Development . The group benchmarked the Fairphone against other mobile phone manufacturers and made recommendations for how the University could promote the device. 
  • Alexis also supported another Case Studies group with their project looking at lab equipment packaging and take back schemes (similar to the Buchanan Institute project above). The group prepared a survey, which SRS distributed to suppliers. 
  • We recruited a work based placement student from the LLM in Human Rights.

Next quarter we will host a student placement on modern slavery in partnership with the LLM in Human Rights.  Alexis will also support a masters student from the MSc Business Management with her living labs dissertation looking at the living wage in global supply chains. 

Project Status
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RAG Commentary
No issues to report.
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Project Info

Supply Chains and Good Food Living Lab Projects
SRS - Fairness in Trade and Sustainable Procurement (FTSP)
Project Manager
Alexis Heeren
Project Sponsor
Michelle Brown
Current Stage
In Progress
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