In 2016, Copper8 supported the University Medical Center (Universitair Medisch Centrum) Utrecht (UMCU) with the circular procurement of their furniture.
The UMCU has high ambitions in circularity, so they decided to take a circular approach to buying their new furniture and the optimizing the use of their existing furniture. We supported the UMCU in shaping and executing the procurement procedure – from preparation to the award phase.
Support us in our ‘Circular Procurement’ by inspiring and challenging us on the subject of circularity. Help us shape the procurement process and all related activities. Take a leading role in the dialogue phase, in which parties must connect around the desired end result.
Current situation and future
Our support had to fit the timeline of the project. The procedure had already been determined when we got involved, so we had the task of bringing circularity into it. The scope of the assignment was the procurement of new furniture and the optimal use and reuse of existing furniture.
We supported the UMCU in the tender process, from preparation to the award phase. Through interactive sessions on circularity, we inspired the UMCU and helped them make decisions on a number of issues. We supported UMCU in choosing the procedure and developing the tender documents, and we supervised the evaluation of the applications in the selection and award phase. Between these phases we acted as a facilitator.
Our work resulted in the selection of the right supplier of circular furniture – a company that also manages the maintenance and ensures the optimal reuse of the existing furniture. Through the dialogue sessions, we developed an in-depth and mathematically creative solution for the objective measurement of circularity. This was a big challenge, as the different providers used their own circularity definitions and measurement methodologies.