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German Interior Ministry offers free training on sustainable procurement

15 July 2014

German procurement officers at federal, state and local levels as well as those involved in public purchasing on behalf of municipal enterprises, universities, churches and other institutions are invited to sign up for a one day training session on sustainable procurement. The trainings are being offered by the Acquisitions Office of the German Ministry for the Interior (Bescha) as part of an attempt to integrate sustainable purchasing practices into public procurement.

Interested parties are invited to email a signed agreement and module selection to nachhaltigkeit@bescha.bund.de. Modules on offer for participants include a compulsory introduction, two recommended sessions on the legislative framework for and strategic and innovative dimensions of sustainable procurement, and a choice of specialised modules on climate friendly procurement, catering, work clothes, wooden furniture and office appliances.

Sessions can be hosted for free at Bescha’s offices in Bonn (Germany). Alternatively, two facilitators will deliver training in-house in exchange for travel and accommodation expenses. In order to keep costs down, agencies are encouraged to combine training sessions for up to a maximum of 25 people. The scheduled training dates have been made publicly available on the Ministry website to allow organisations to link up more easily.

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