SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ilma University focused on SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production through extensive research-based publications. There were several prestigious papers published on this which comprised oil macroeconomics, market economies, engineering sector, airline industry, cost pricing, environmental strategy, on-,quantile approach,

This Sustainable Procurement Policy was created to ensure that all University staff involved in the procurement of goods and services recognize how their procurement decisions can help to improve and protect our shared environment, contribute to society's health and well-being, and build a sustainable economy.

The University's Procurement Strategy must comply with the commitment to reduce carbon footprint and evaluate the environmental and social impact of our action. All Procurement decisions must apply the principles of the circular economy by incorporating ethical, sustainable, and life cycle concerns.

The Sustainable Procurement Policy applies to anybody who specifies and purchases items and services on behalf of the University and thus to all commercial expenditure, regardless of funding source. The Policy's pledges will be fulfilled through the formulation of sustainable procurement goals and an action plan.

Policy objectives related to faculty and students:
• Promote the waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, and recycle to reduce demand for products and services.
• Encourage people to use ethical vendors and supply chains.
• Incorporate circular economy principles into product and service purchase, usage, and disposal to reduce negative environmental impacts.
• Ensure that existing assets and resources are used to their full potential.
• Identify opportunities for long-term solutions by collecting and reporting on appropriate KPIs.
• Raise awareness and make sure that environmental, social, and whole-life cost criteria are considered when determining greatest value for money and making purchase decisions.
• Promote the specification and selection of products and services that have a low environmental effect while also having a positive influence on society and the economy.
• Develop excellent practice through relevant networks, benchmarking, and training, and communicate the sustainable procurement policy to its staff, students, contractors, and suppliers.
• Promote best sustainable procurement practices by easing the information accessibility and availability to all.

Policy objectives related to contractors and suppliers to:
• Observe national and international environmental and human rights norms, and promote a strategic approach to long-term development and progress.
• Encourage local, regional, SME, and ethnic minority vendors to compete for University business, remove entry obstacles.
• Adopt sustainable techniques to product and service production, as well as within their own supplier chains, including efforts to reduce packaging waste
• Take constructive actions to improve performance for achieving sustainability objectives by considering the social, economic, and environmental implications of their products, services, and operations.
• Educate the supplier market on the University's sustainability policies, aims, and aspirations.

Aim This policy is aimed at recognizing University’s commitment towards environment sustainability and minimizing the use of non-biodegradable plastic products on campus. Ilma University fulfills the corporate responsibility by employing the best practices related to the social and environmental well being of the society.

Purpose of Policy
Use of plastic products is becoming a serious threat to the global environment. There are different kind of plastic products being used including plastic bags, single-use plastic for food services and plastic bottles. Ilma University has the legacy of promoting environment friendly initiatives. Therefore, University under this policy commits to reduce the plastic usage to the minimum possible level. Scope of Policy
The policy will be applied to all students, staff, 3rd party staff and faculty of the University. Policy will also be applied to all outsourced activities. Policy Statement
Develop and implement an effective management plan to decrease the use and waste of plastic bags.
1. Encourage the use of biodegradable single-use plastic bags, recycled material, paper, or textiles as alternatives to single-use plastic bags. 2. Encourage use of non-disposable products.
3. Encourage new approaches to recycle plastic trash.
4. Encourage community-based efforts to reduce plastic waste in the environment.
5. In order to ensure that this policy is implemented successfully, the administration department must develop effective indicators to track and measure the reduction of plastic usage.
6. Developed indicators must be recorded and assessed on monthly basis.
7. Whenever possible, follow this policy in procurement activities as well.
8. A comprehensive report on the initiatives taken, policy implementations and its impact will be presented to the senior management at the end of every year.

Definitions
single-use plastic: Its includes all products that are made wholly or partly of plastic and are typically intended to be used just once and/or for a short period of time before being disposed off.
Biodegradable plastics: that can be decomposed by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass.

Aim
Ilma University employs the best practices to ensure the global sustainability and environment protection. This policy recognizes the practices adopted by the University for Hazardous Material Waste Disposal in ways that cause least impact on the environment.

Scope of Policy
The policy will be applied to all students, staff, 3rd party staff and faculty of the University. Policy will also be applied to all outsourced activities.
Policy Statement
• Administration Department will ensure that the all waste disposal procedures are implemented as per the guidelines of Sindh Environment Protection Agency
• Hazardous material must not be discharged on land, surface, green spaces or rainwater lines.
• Ensure the use of appropriate procedures and channels for the waste of hazardous material.
• Landfill waste must be disposed of through the municipal waste disposal network.
• Administration department will be measuring the amount of landfill and recycle waste and maintain a record for further tracking and monitoring.
• A waste disposal report must be presented to the senior management on yearly basis
• Take initiatives for the improvements of disposal and recycling procedures.

Definition
Hazardous Waste: is defined as chemical waste that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: ignitability, reactivity and toxicity.