ABOUT SPP

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT?

Every purchasing decision we make has an impact on the environment, economy and on society - from the energy which our new computer consumes, to the conditions of the workers who made our clothes.

Sustainable procurement means making sure that the products and services an organisation buys achieve value for money and generate benefits not only for the organisation, but also for the environment, society and the economy.

Sustainable procurement is also used by both public and private sector organisations to ensure that their purchasing reflects broader goals linked to resource efficiency, climate change, social responsibility and economic resilience, for example.

ACHIEVING REAL VALUE FOR THE PUBLIC PURSE

From the early pioneers - Kolding, Denmark; Gothenburg, Sweden; Zurich, Switzerland; and Barcelona, Spain, to  more recent achievers such as Helsinki, Finland and Ghent, Belgium - public procurement which incorporates sustainability and innovation can:

  • Address greenhouse gas emissions, local air and water quality, the use of hazardous substances, raw material usage, and the management of natural resources
  • Encourage a diverse base of suppliers, promote fair employment practices and ethical sourcing, and foster training opportunities and community benefits
  • Create new jobs, new markets and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises

IMPLEMENTING SPP

Take the first steps to including sustainability principles into your next tender with a visit to our Implementing SPP page.

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LEGAL FRAMEWORK

More information on the key international agreements governing sustainable public procurement can be found on our Legal Framework page.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Head over to our resource centre for best practice case studies, guidance and ready-to-use criteria for your next low-carbon tender.

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