November 2020

Occupational Health and Safety Summit 2020

30 November - 4 December 2020

ReWORKing Health and Safety is a timely four-day online event organized by electronics watch.

It will make the case that workers’ occupational health and safety is fundamental to resilient supply chains. Presenters will focus on workers’ own perspectives and explore the role of public buyers in ensuring resiliency by protecting workers’ health, safety, and other rights.

With eight sessions to choose from, and 26 expert speakers already confirmed from the fields of public procurement, occupational health and safety, labour rights, medicine, toxics, mining and more, ReWORKing Health and Safety will deepen participants' understanding of why workers’ health and safety is fundamental for resilient supply chains, and how these rights can be upheld in practice. 

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation and Baskut Tuncak, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics, will ​​​​​deliver keynote speeches at the inaugural session, which can be folllowed in French and Spanish, as well as English. 

You will have the chance to participate in discussions, ask questions, and follow up with speakers in interactive networking sessions following the main webinars. 

Please find more information here and don't forget to register.

This event is produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Electronics Watch and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. The Electronics Watch Summit ReWORKing Health and Safety is part of the project "Make ICT Fair - Reforming Manufacture & Minerals Supply Chains through Policy, Finance & Public Procurement", co-funded by European Union.

December 2020

Nordic Strategy Forum Supply Chain and Procurement

7 - 8 December 2020
Stockholm, Sweden

Digital Strategy, Culture and Technology for the next chapter in Supply Chain & Procurement Management

Join us at the Nordic StrategyForum Supply Chain and Procurement for an intensive session on the latest trends, issues and future of supply chain and procurement in the Nordic countries. This networking event highlights applications of advanced technologies, innovative solutions and best business strategies for a thriving ecosystem of suppliers, collaborators and customers. Grab this opportunity to expand your business network and connect face-to-face with top-level executives, leaders and decision makers from the largest companies in the Nordics.

More here

1st European Circular Cities Declaration Webinar

Introducing the Declaration and sharing inspiring examples
7 December 2020, 14:00 - 16:00

The first European Circular Cities Declaration webinar will present examples of good practice from the group of over 30 signatories. It will also provide an introduction to the Declaration to cities and regions potentially interested in signing. To register, visit here


14.00 – 14.30 Introduction to the European Circular Cities Declaration (Simon Clement, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability)
     • Introduction to the Circular Cities Declaration and upcoming activities
     • Introduction to the Support Partners
     • Opportunity for questions

14.30 – 15.10 Circular Cities – best practice presentations
     • Ljubljana (Zala Strojin, Circular Economy Manager, City of Ljubljana)
     • Umeå (Liv Öberg, Project Manager Circular Economy, City of Umeå)
     • Prague, (Vojtech Vosecky, Chair, Circular Economy Steering Group, City of Prague)
     • Tbc

15.10 – 15.20 Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy – Update (Håkon Sandven Jentoft, Coordinator Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy, City of Oslo)

15.20 – 15.40 Discussion: Critical challenges for cities in the circular transition
      • Open discussion to identify the areas/topics where there is most interest in exchange between the signatories
      • Separate breakout group: Info session on the Circular Cities Declaration for interested cities and regions

15.40 – 15.45 Close

Webinar on Big Buyers' needs assessment

8 December 2020, 09:30 - 10:30

Following the successful Big Buyers Initiative piloting three working groups between 2019 and 2020, Big Buyers for Climate and Environment is promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement for sustainable solutions.

Public entities can express their interest in getting involved in the initiative by participating in a quick online survey where they can indicate for which products or services they will be focusing their procurement work in the next months and which challenges they currently face.

Still some doubts? Join this informational webinar on Tuesday 8 December, 9.30-10.30 CET where the possibilities will be presented and your questions answered. Register here.

For any further information or questions visit the website or send an email to

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and EUROCITIES manage the initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW).

Procura + webinar series on socially responsible ICT Procurement - 5 case studies of good practice

10 December 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

The Procura+ Webinar series will take place in the form of two consecutive 90min webinars on November 9 and December 10.  

Procurers and those interested in procurement will get the chance to learn from experts that were vital to the process and achievement of including social criteria and clauses into tenders. 

The Procura+ webinar series is connected to 5 case studies to be published from the MakeICTFair Project. 

The first session provided interested participants with steps towards integrating social criteria in ICT Procurement tenders. The second session will give you insights about the follow up on social criteria through contract management.

Curious? Please register here for the webinar series.


Session 2: Keeping social criteria alive- How to follow up through contract management

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 10 - 11:30 CET

10:00    Welcome and introduction, Paula Land, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

10:10    Set up Contract management: APUC Scotland on contract clauses &  Key Performance Indicators, Michael McLaughlin, APUC Scotland

10:40    Outcomes of contract management: Region Stockholm on lessons learnt on how to keep social criteria alive, Kathleen McCaughey, Region Stockholm

10:55    Q&A and opportunity for Discussion

11:30    End


Make ICT Fair aims at improving the lives of workers and those impacted along different stages of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supply chain through research, campaigning, capacity building and advocacy.

The webinar series is organized by Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network which is initiated and coordinated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Procura+ is a network of European public authorities and regions that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

Disclaimer: these webinars have been created under the Make ICT Fair project, which has received funding from the European Union’s EuropeAid programme under grant agreement CSO-LA12017/388-226. The sole responsibility for any error or omissions lies with the editor. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission. The European Commission is also not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

January 2021

Public procurement and minerals in electronics: Safeguarding human rights due diligence in supply chains of minerals used in ICT.

19 January 2021, 14:00 - 16:00

The manufacture of electronics like smartphones and laptops requires vast quantities of minerals sourced around the world. The extraction of these minerals is linked to severe impacts on human rights and the environment and is known to fuel violent conflicts. Contracting authorities have a unique opportunity to apply social criteria in tender processes to support the responsible sourcing of minerals. But this is only happening to a limited degree.

This webinar on 19 January 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 PM CET explores opportunities for applying social criteria to ICT procurement with a focus on minerals.

It examines experiences, strategies and methods used in European countries, where public authorities have actively included contract clauses related to responsible sourcing of minerals in ICT products. Furthermore, it provides insights into the risks involved in mineral extraction and considers an industry model which aims to enhance human rights due diligence practices in mineral supply chains.

The audience will have opportunities to ask questions and be engaged in the discussion on how to enhance work on responsible sourcing of minerals.

Presentations and Q&A

• Overview of risks and impacts linked to mineral extraction - Linda Scott Jakobsson, Swedwatch

• Social criteria in public contracts to address responsible sourcing of minerals in ICT supply chains - Elin Severholt, City of Stavanger

• Models of human rights due diligence assurance programme in mineral supply chains - Leah Butler, Responsible Mineral Initiative

Panel discussion moderated by Josefine Hintz, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

Sharing experiences, challenges and opportunities in applying social criteria relating to responsible sourcing of minerals. Q&A with the panel and audience.


• Elin Severholt, City of Stavanger

• Kathleen McCaughey, Region of Stockholm


Click here to register. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

For more information please contact:

Tom Sullivan, Communications Advisor, Swedwatch +46(0)8 525 203 83 / or

Linda Scott Jakobsson, project manager Make ICT Fair, Swedwatch +46 (0) 8 5252 203 80 /

Funded by the European Union and co-funded by Sida.

This webinar is part of Make ICT Fair, an EU-funded project that aims to improve the lives of workers and communities affected by production of ICT devices including smartphones and laptops. Through awareness raising, research and advocacy, the Europe-wide campaign highlights human rights and environmental impacts along ICT supply chains as well as solutions to these challenges. Make ICT-fair has 11 participants from civil society organisations and academic institutions across the EU.