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Real-world expertise and cross-sector collaboration
Our mentors have played an active role in developing the CIPS Sustainability Index. Each mentor has brought real-world sector expertise and deep sustainable purchasing knowledge as being applied in their organisations.
The mentors have played a key role in ensuring that the CIPS Sustainability Index represents a true cross-sector, consistent benchmark. Find out more ...
  • Public Sector


    The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.



    Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) is the largest of the six regional higher education purchasing consortia that operate throughout the UK. SUPC was formed in 1974 when a handful of universities came together for the collaborative purchase of stationery. It has now grown to a membership of over one hundred higher and further education institutions and offers its members a wide range of collaborative purchase agreements covering most commodity areas.

  • Education

    University of Reading

    The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world and is a global University that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education. It currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies for a variety of courses.


    University of Gloucester

    After nearly 200 years of teaching, the university has a motto of: in spirit and in truth, means turning visions into reality, and in the 21st century the university is setting its sights on improving life chances, challenging unsustainable thinking as well as reducing our environmental footprint. Running on green electricity since 1993, whether it’s a student bus service or extra recycling bins, the university is constantly investigating new ways of delivering a sustainable future.



    Rated 10th in the Times and Guardian league tables , the university has 18,500 students, over 90% of which are full-time. 1,800 members of staff are employed in six Colleges over three campuses.


    University of Brunel

    Brunel is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London. Now over 40 years old, our Brunel combines academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by its namesake Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

  • Commercial/Retail


    Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946, Arup has worked on a variety of projects including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment. .



    Established in 1997 following a demerger of Centrica from British Gas, Centrica is a top 30 FTSE100 company delivering leading integrated energy within the UK and North America. Its core brands include: British Gas, Dyno and Direct Energy.






    Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA) owns and runs London Heathrow Airport, Britain's aviation hub, as well as a number of other UK airports - Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton. Heathrow is in turn owned by FGP TopCo Limited, a consortium led by the infrastructure specialist Ferrovial, which also includes Qatar Holdings, Britannia Airport Partners, GIC Special Investments, Alinda Capital Partners and Stable Investment Corporation.