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We are 10th in the world

Ethical purchasing and sustainable food

We are ranked 10th in the world for our contribution to UN Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production (THE Impact Rankings 2020). Find out why.

Here at BU, we acknowledge that what we purchase and the waste we produce can have significant environmental, social and economic impacts. To reduce these impacts, we are committed to taking a sustainable approach to our purchasing activities. We were proud to be recognised for this work by placing tenth for SDG12: Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.

Sustainable Procurement & Ethical Investment

At BU, we understand that our impacts go beyond our campus borders, and where we choose to invest our money impacts people and the planet. Therefore, we take care to invest our money ethically, by giving due consideration to social, environmental and corporate governance issues when investing the University’s funds. We welcome staff, student and stakeholder involvement to ensure we achieve this and continually improve. For example, campaigning by our students resulted in BU divesting from all fossil fuels.

Over 50% of the food served in Fusion Building and by SUBU was vegetarian or vegan last academic year
of hot drinks were sold in reusable mugs last year
single-use plastic items including sauce packets and takeaway containers have been removed from our catering operations

Sustainable Food

Food has a large impact on our physical health, mental wellbeing and the environment. The team at Chartwells, our catering partners, work hard to improve their offer of freshly prepared, healthy, ethical and sustainable food, that is of course delicious, and have achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Silver Catering Award for our outlet in Fusion Building, recognising their efforts.

As a University, we commit to promoting plant-based and low-carbon meals as well as minimising food waste in order to reduce our environmental impact. We host a coffee cup tax to encourage the use of reusable coffee cups and have installed water refill points across our campuses to support our staff, students and guests avoid single-use plastic water bottles. 

Alice Evans

BSc Nutrition student, who completed a work placement with Chartwells

"This placement was a brilliant opportunity to learn so many new technical skills that I’m excited to use in my future career. The whole process was very rewarding, especially because the final range of products are available nationally to buy and enjoy!

Hear from our supplier

The Chartwells team are immensely proud to have been awarded the Silver Standard Food for Life catering mark by the Soil Association on the main food outlet in the Fusion Building. Having this awards means that the majority of food on the menu will be freshly prepared, it will always be free from undesirable trans fats, sweeteners and additives, be cooked by trained chefs, and use ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources."

Shane Wilson – Catering Manager Talbot Campus