October 2017

Workshop "Biodiversity aspects of Public Procurement"

10 October 2017, 10:00 - 17:00
The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is holding a one-day workshop in Berlin entitled "Biodiversity aspects of Public Procurement" on 10 October 2017 from 09.30 - 17.30.

The event will focus on 5 public procurement product categories, specifically food and catering, textiles, paper products, and quarry products.

The programme includes contributions from Öko-Institut, Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung and the German Ministry of the Environment. There will also be group discussions focusing on the five product categories.

Participation is free of charge and some budget is available for travel. The event will be held in German and participants can register by 15 September at at the BfN website.

Circular Procurement Congress

19 October 2017, 9:30 - 17:00
Tallinn, Estonia
On 19 October 2017, the second international Congress on Circular Procurement, co-organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Environment), the Estonian Presidency of the EU, Rijkswaterstaat from the Netherlands and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability will take place in Tallinn, Estonia.

The objectives of this congress are to:
- deepen knowledge and encourage implementation of circular procurement showcase good practices, latest research and tools
- stimulate unexperienced organisations to start with circular procurement
- discuss the role of circular procurement for innovation and meeting other policy goals
- encourage networking on circular procurement.

The congress targets:
- Policy makers for national and local governments and public bodies
- Public procurers and budget holders
- Companies involved in circular procurement.

The event is directly preceded by the Conference on Innovation Procurement, co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission (EC) on 17 and 18 October 2017.

For more information and to register visit the event's webpage.

November 2017

Global Organic Textile Standard Pre-Conference

8 November 2017, 9:30 - 17:00
New Delhi, India
The Global Organic Textile Standard Conference will take place in New Delhi, India the 8 November 2017. It will be held as a pre-conference to the 19th Organic World Congress (OWC) by IFOAM - Organics International and will address the topic of social compliances in textiles.

The one-day conference will bring together top business leaders, chief sustainability officers, social compliance experts and practitioners, standards-setters, regulators and policy-makers and other key stakeholders interested in the topic. It will see the participation of IFOAM, WRAP, SAI and other experts which will share the latest updated in social compliance. The conference will include sessions for participants new to the topic on how to develop efficient compliance management systems.

For more information about the conference and registration, please visit the conference website.