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Global Slavery Index 2018 published highlighting role of procurement

16 August 2018

To this date people all over the world remain victims of modern slavery. The  Modern Slavery Index 2018, published by the Walk Free Foundation, sheds light on the extent to which different forms of slavery prevail across the globe. The Index highlights that public authorities are often indirectly linked to these practices, not least due to non-transparent supply chains and a lack of regulation enforcement.

The Index presents the first ever global estimates on the issue – revealing that all countries including developed ones are affected:

An estimated 40.3 million men, women, and children were victims of modern slavery on any given day in 2016. Of these, 24.9 million people were in forced labour and 15.4 million people were living in a forced marriage.

“Striking” do the authors describe the fact that in 2018 there has been an increase in government engagement fighting modern slavery through procurement. In 2018, 36 countries (as opposed to four in 2016) have taken steps to investigate forced labour along supply chains and have introduced procurement guidelines to enforce ethical working conditions.

The role of public procurement in the extractive industries, where forced labour is particularly prevalent, is also a key topic at the Make ICT Fair live market engagement alongside this year’s EcoProcura conference (3-5 October, Nijmegen, the Netherlands).

For more information about the Global Slavery Index click here.

Nijmegen to use Rapid Circular Contracting to renew street

14 August 2018

The 2018 Green Capital of Europe Nijmegen (The Netherlands) wants to catalyse sustainable and circular development through procurement. For the renovation of the street Malderburchtstraat the city went for a “Rapid Circular Contracting” (RCC) tender, challenging the civil engineering sector to develop innovative circular solutions to a regular street renovation.

RCC was developed by the Dutch Foundation for the Circular Economy as a way to stimulate innovative circular solutions through procurement. It allows innovative market parties to develop concepts that fall outside of conventional approaches while striving toward circular ambitions that have been defined in the tender.

In essence, Nijmegen does not award the contract based on a previously developed plan, instead the winning party is selected based on its vision and ambition in the circular economy. The final product will be developed in close collaboration with the city authorities after the contract has been awarded.

For more information on RCC, click here (in Dutch). To find out more about Nijmegen’s procurement trajectory, click here.

The City of Nijmegen is also host of this year’s EcoProcura conference (3 -5 October).

Procurement features heavily among 2018 TA submissions

9 August 2018

The application deadline for the 2018 Transformative Action Award recently closed, with this year’s award setting a record for the number of applications received. Among the 40 entries, were a number of innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural and technological transformation.

The award, co-organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

The shortlisted candidates will be revealed in September and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 15 November at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium).

Alongside being recognised as a leader of sustainable urban transformation in Europe, the winner of the 2018 award will receive €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of entries, click here.

Transition to low carbon economies through public procurement

7 August 2018

The World Energy Investment Report 2018, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights public procurement as one strategy to phase out fossil based fuels and materials.

As an example, the report points out the Netherlands and Canada, which have public procurement rules in place that favour materials with low-carbon footprints for building projects. In the Netherlands, tenderers can have their bids evaluated with a price reduction of up to 5% if their performance meets certain criteria. This, the report says, could “make the difference” for companies that convert CO2 into building materials, and ultimately help establish “significant and sustainable” markets worldwide.

Globally, 2017 has seen a decline in investment in renewables, which could threaten the expansion of clean energy. As the IEA states, this investment would need to go up rapidly to meet clean energy targets.

The full report can be accessed here.

The state as a role model for sustainable consumption

2 August 2018

In an article published this week, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter underlines the important role public procurement has to play in a transition towards a more sustainable society.

The German politician points to the fact that public procurement accounts for about 11 per cent of German GDP - showing that it can be used as a powerful instrument to implement sustainable consumption. The public sector can provide incentives for market players to focus more on sustainability and to support the market of green products.

Ambitious sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies pave the way for public authorities to purchase more sustainably – yet the social dimension of implementing change is key as well. ‘Employees have to be made aware of the changes in their work routine that will follow sustainable procurement decisions’, says Ms. Schwarzelühr-Sutter.

Behavior and organisational change are also key topics at this year’s EcoProcura Conference (3 – 5 October, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

To read the full article by Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter click here.