The University of Manchester has been supported by NETpositive Futures for the past two years to progress through the Flexible Framework. During this time, we have collectively developed a good understanding of the requirements of the Flexible Framework, how it can be applied in a Higher Education context and, more importantly, how to effectively embed sustainability into procurement practice.
The University of Manchester recently became the first UK university to be independently verified as having reached Level 5 on the Flexible Framework.
With the launch of the ISO20400 guidance, which aims to support organisations to embed sustainability into procurement practice, the University felt it was a good time to reflect on the sector commitment to the Flexible Framework and review if and how the ISO20400 guidance could be implemented within a Higher Education Institution.
The University of Manchester commissioned NETpositive Futures to develop this paper knowing, as a result of research carried out by the Responsible Procurement Group, that the Flexible Framework is currently the tool of choice within the Higher Education Sector.
The document can be accessed here.