Responsible Procurement

Our largest environmental impact comes from the goods and services the School purchases.


We have a number of objectives that we work towards:

  • Consider the social and environmental impacts of everything we buy.  

  • Measure, monitor and reduce the environmental impact, in particular the associated carbon emissions, of our purchasing activities

  • Ensure ethical and sustainable supply chains 


  • LSE Sustainable Procurement Policy  - This governs how we embed sustainability considerations into our procurement decisions. Take a look at the LSE Environmental Policy, Energy Policy, Code of Ethics, and the Socially Responsible Investment policy to find out more about how we embed sustainability into LSE’s decision making.

  • Introduction to Purchasing at the LSE

  • Example ITT environmental questions and environmental assessment tool. Use the table template to find out if your procurement has an environmental impact and what conditions you can build into your purchase to minimise their impact.

  • How to choose an energy efficient product - guidelines for buying an electrical product.

  • Greening your Event - guidelines by LSE Philanthropy and Global Engagement for making your event more sustainable.

  • For all major spend, contact the Procurement team / Sustainability team for additional support.

Progress and Initiatives

  • Construction company MACE, who delivered the Centre Buildings Redevelopment and Marshall Building, have worked closely with LSE to incorporate sustainability considerations into the construction process highlighting shared values and visions on sustainability. Read more on our Sustainable Buildings page.

  • Responsibly sourced, organic uniforms were provided to LSE cleaning and maintenance staff. Provided by Neutral the uniforms are certified Fairtrade, use organic cotton, are produced at SA8000 certified facilities and a minimum of 70% of the energy used in production comes from wind power. 

  • Over 300 cleaning staff were brought in-house, in 2017, having previously had an outsourced contact for over 20 years. Being full LSE staff members, they now have better working conditions, employment rights and benefits such as better sick leave, holiday and pensions. 

  • LSE is an active and supportive member of the LUPC. Based in Bloomsbury, the LUPC has a membership of around 60 universities, colleges and museums within the M25. It negotiates purchase agreements and contracts on behalf of its members whose combined spend is approximately £1 billion. Environmental considerations are factored in to all contracts.

  • Our catering outlets continue to achieve awards for sustainable sourcing of their food. We sell only Fairtrade tea, coffee and bananas, and we buy a wide range of other Fairtrade products, including staff uniforms. Read the LSE Fairtrade Policy here and about LSE Catering here.

  • LSE achieved the Silver Award when audited by the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code in February 2013.