TOOLS AND GUIDANCE

Sometimes the hardest thing with sustainable procurement is knowing where to start. Never fear, help is at hand!

On this page we've provided a selection of tools and guidance for implementing various aspects  of sustainable procurement.

This covers guidelines for environmental and socially sustainable procurement, as well as tools to help you with more practical aspects.

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The page only contains a small snapshot of all the materials available.

To browse through all of our tools and guidance, head over to the Resource Centre.

Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre

Procuring clean and efficient road vehicles - A Clean Fleets Guide
This guide is designed to assist public authorities and public transport operators in purchasing clean and energy efficient vehicles in full compliance with European legislation - in particular the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD). It is primarily targeted at procurers and fleet managers, but will also be of relevance to policy makers and others involved in the transport sector.
English
Europe/EU
Transport and vehicles
Clean Fleets Project
2014
How-To Guide for Implementation of Innovation Oriented Procurement
This guide is addressed to public and semi-public water authorities who are involved in the procurement procedure, hereafter Public Procurers. It intends to provide a comprehensive overview of the legal and practical dimensions of IOPP.
English
Europe/EU
Innovation procurement (PPI)
Water PiPP Consortium
2015
Reference tool on Supply Chain Social Performance Management Systems
The GSCP Reference tool on supply chain Social Performance Management Systems (SPMS) has been developed by and for buying organisations (retailers and manufacturers) to support them in monitoring and improving social compliance
performance in the whole supply chain.
The Reference tool is based on best existing practices, common approaches and shared standards, and is designed to reflect and be aligned with relevant international standards and in particular with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It can be used either to provide a general framework for an organisation wishing to create a SPMS, or as a benchmark for an organisation seeking to improve or develop an established SPMS.
English
International
Ecolabels, Fair trade, Social responsibility,
Global Social Compliance Programme
2013
Delivering social benefits through public procurement: A Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to guide procurers who are managing above-threshold competitions subject to the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 through the process of securing social benefits from capital projects.
English
United Kingdom
Social responsibility
Clean Buses – Experiences with Fuel and Technology Options
This Report has been produced by the Clean Fleets project consortium (see end of document for list of partners), and aims to document some of the experiences of European local authorities and public transport operators in operating buses running on alternative fuels and technologies.
English
Europe/EU
Transport and vehicles
Clean Fleets Project
2014
Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products
English
International
General GPP/SPP
UNEP
2015
Buying Social: A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement
Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement
English
Europe/EU
Social responsibility
European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
2010
Ethical criteria in public sector procurement - Norwegian guide
Guidance on using ethical criteria in public procurement, prepared in 2009 by the Ethical Trading Initiative and commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality.
English
Norway
Fair trade, Social responsibility
Ethical Trading Initiative, commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality
2009
Information note on socially responsible public procurement
A guide to how to address social issues in public procurement, developed for French procurers
French
France
Fair trade, Social responsibility
Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de l'Industrie
2009
Ethical procurement guide - Norway
A guide on inserting ethical criteria into public tender documents. The guide was produced by the Ethical Trading Initiative – Norway on behlaf of the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality
English
Norway
Social responsibility
2009

   

GETTING STARTED

 

THE PROCURA+ MANUAL

The Procura+ Manual provides clear, easy-to-understand guidance for any European public authority on how to implement sustainable procurement.

 

 

The Procura+ Manual includes:

  • Practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement;
  • A model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle;
  • An exploration of the 2014 Procurement Directives, including how they can be applied in practice;
  • Key guidance for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity; and
  • Good practice examples from around Europe

 


 

BUYING GREEN!

The Buying Green! Handbook is the European Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact.

 

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.