University of California Recognized as a 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award Honorable Mention

September 12, 2019 EcoVadis

AASHE recognizes University of California, Office of the President for its sustainable procurement program and policy overhaul in partnership with EcoVadis

OAKLAND, Calif. — (September 10, 2019) — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) announced University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) as an honorable mention among the finalists of the 2019 AASHE “Campus Sustainability Achievement” Award. UCOP has been recognized for its Sustainable Procurement Program and Policy Overhaul in partnership with EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings.

“University of California is a great example of an organization that is using its purchasing power to drive lasting change,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, Co-CEO of EcoVadis. “This recognition is a true testament to their efforts and we’re proud to collaborate with their team to drive sustainable procurement innovation.”

UCOP chose EcoVadis to help the university standardize its sustainable procurement program across all decentralized campus locations and monitor and measure its suppliers’ practices overtime and across key spend categories – a key objective of UCOP’s revamped Sustainable Procurement policy. Together, the two companies will drive best practices and higher standards for responsible procurement across the university’s entire supply network.

“The higher education sustainability community continues to stay focused on work that contributes toward a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world. This is most evident through the entries received for the AASHE Sustainability Awards,” said Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “I am happy that we can recognize the innovation and leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.”

To learn more about UCOP’s work with EcoVadis, read the case study.

For more about AASHE’s Sustainability Awards programs, please visit http://www.aashe.org/get-involved/awards/.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 198 purchasing categories and 155 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, L’Oréal, Subway, Nestlé, Salesforce, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 55,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About AASHE

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

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