Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), a leading institution of higher education located in Kuwait, recognizes the urgency and responsibility to address the environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. In a world marked by growing concerns over climate change and sustainability, GUST takes pride in establishing its Sustainability Procurement Policy as a significant step towards contributing to a more resilient and sustainable future.
At the heart of the Gulf region, where the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt, GUST is committed to leading the way towards a more sustainable and responsible future. As awareness about sustainability grows, policies and regulations have been implemented worldwide to mitigate negative environmental and social impacts. Kuwait and the countries in the region have acknowledged the importance of addressing these challenges through sustainability and climate change initiatives, and GUST is determined to be an active part of this transformation.
As a university, we believe that education and research play a fundamental role in advancing sustainability and creating a better future for future generations. Our students and scholars are change agents and strive to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for current and future challenges.
Our location in Kuwait provides us with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf region in terms of sustainability and climate change. We are determined to be leaders in promoting sustainable practices in our community and to collaborate with other institutions, businesses, and governments to drive a transition towards a more sustainable future for Kuwait, the region, and the entire world.
Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is committed to leading the way towards a more sustainable future through responsible procurement practices. As part of our vision for academic excellence and dedication to environmental and societal well-being, we have developed a Sustainability Procurement Policy to guide our purchasing decisions for goods and services. This policy establishes a clear and transparent framework to ensure that our procurements are aligned with sustainability principles and social responsibility.
- Prioritize environmental sustainability
- Support ethical and responsible practices
- Drive local development
- Measure and improve our performance
- Promote awareness and training
This policy applies to all procurement carried out by GUST, both internal and external, as well as to specific products and services subject to procurement.
GUST will assess suppliers based on their sustainability performance, taking into account factors such as efficient resource use, waste management, fair labor practices, and commitment to environmental sustainability.
Measurement and Reporting
At GUST to effectively monitor our progress and ensure continuous improvement, we have established a robust system for measurement and reporting:
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
We have identified a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that align with our sustainability objectives. These KPIs include metrics related to environmental impact, supplier diversity, ethical practices, and local economic contribution. By regularly tracking and analyzing these KPIs, we can gauge the effectiveness of our sustainable procurement efforts.
Data Collection and Analysis
Data collection is a fundamental aspect of our measurement process. We have implemented procedures to gather relevant data from our procurement activities, supplier evaluations, and other relevant sources. Our dedicated team analyzes this data to assess our performance against the established KPIs.
We are committed to openness and communication regarding our sustainable procurement initiatives. To ensure transparency, we produce regular reports that highlight our progress, achievements, and challenges. These reports are made available to our university community, stakeholders, and the public.
Feedback and Adaptation
Feedback from various stakeholders is a valuable resource for us. We encourage constructive input from our staff, suppliers, and other partners to gain insights into potential areas for improvement. Based on this feedback, we continuously adapt our sustainability policies and practices to address emerging challenges and seize new opportunities.
Recognition and Celebrating Success
We believe in recognizing the efforts of all those involved in advancing sustainable procurement at GUST. We celebrate the achievements of our staff and suppliers who contribute significantly to our sustainability goals, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and motivation.
Inclusion of Suppliers
GUST will encourage the inclusion of sustainable suppliers and promote diversity and equity in the procurement process, providing equal opportunities to all qualified suppliers.
GUST is committed to continuously improving its Sustainability Procurement Policy through feedback, regular review, and adaptation to changes in best practices and sustainability standards.