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McGill University purchases a wide variety of materials, goods and services to carry out its operations and support its educative mission.

Most obviously, the University, as a large organization, requires a vast variety of goods and services such as IT equipment, chemicals, vehicles, furniture, paper, energy using appliances, travel services, cleaning products, laboratory equipment, construction materials, and so on. In a way, McGill University finds itself as an end station for products provided through many complex global supply chains. 

McGill recognizes that its demand for goods and services can generate social, economic and environmental impacts, both locally and abroad. That is why the University is committed to Sustainable Procurement, life-cycle thinking, and the consideration of triple bottom line (economic, environmental and social) principles throughout its purchasing activities.


The University’s Procurement Policy states that:

“Procurement Services plays a central role as a strategic partner, is empowered, and is provided with the resources to promote and lead the way in establishing a culture of sustainable procurement practices at McGill and in its wider community”.


Procurement Services works in collaboration with a Core Team of internal partners, with representation from faculty, students, and other administrative units. The purpose of the Core Team is to develop and monitor strategic actions in Sustainable Procurement.

For more information on sustainable procurement visit https://www.mcgill.ca/procurement/sustainability

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