Case Study: Sustainable Procurement – Film City Glasgow

1st October 2014

Film City Glasgow has been addressing key aspects of their procurement to increase knowledge and sustainability in their operations.

In their development of a Sustainable Procurement policy, Film City Glasgow have evaluated, and made significant changes, to what they buy and what suppliers they use. In doing so they have been able to become more informed about the sustainability of the products that they use, allowing them to choose those that have a reduced impact on the environment and are most cost-effective!

Local Suppliers 

  • FCG have amalgamated three of their major areas of procurement (cleaning supplies, catering food and equipment and stationary needs) to be fulfilled by one environmentally-conscious Glasgow-based supplier, bringing streamlined business benefits as well as enhanced sustainability.
  • In the operation of their own cafe, the organisation also has also made the choice to support local and Scottish suppliers, maximising the freshness of their produce, whilst minimising packaging needs and food miles. Sandwiches, soups, breads and cakes are made nearby in the city.
  • They ask all their suppliers to answer questions on products they supply, examining the life cycle through questions about the raw materials, the manufacture and distribution processes, and what might happen to the product after its use is exhausted.

Incentives and Reduced Waste

  • The FCG cafe offers price reductions for customers who use their own mugs, incentivising reuse and reducing the need for disposable cups.
  • They also source their own crockery from local charity shops – reducing cost, preventing waste and encouraging reuse.

In the future, Film City Glasgow are aiming to build on their work so far by investigating their service suppliers, and how they work, to see if more sustainability benefits can be gleaned. They’re committed to collating and reviewing the information from their suppliers, in order to make more informed and beneficial decisions going forward!


Film City Glasgow is based in Govan Town Hall, Glasgow, offering production, studio and office spaces for those working in Scotland’s film and television industry. More about FCG and their Programme for Sustainability can be found here.

Image: Cafe Procurement, FCG, 2014.

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