October 2021

Circular Procurement Summit 2021 - Redefining Value: Using Buying Power to Accelerate the Circular Economy

18 - 22 October 2021, 16:00 - 19:00

Circular Procurement Summit 2021 is a virtual event as part of the World Circular Economy Forum that showcases the strategic process of using buying power to drive the transition toward a circular economy. As a five-day showcase, daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. - 7 p.m. CET), the Circular Procurement Summit features circular experts and practitioners from around the world dedicated to knowledge sharing, as well as outcomes and benefits derived from buying and selling strategically with circularity. 

If you are interested in realizing the circular economy, looking for examples and strategies on how to transition from a traditional linear to circular model of production and consumption, you are welcome to join!

For more information and registration, follow this link!

November 2021

Delivering Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence in Public Procurement

22 November 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Session 1: Scope of Due Diligence: Tiers, Risks, and Transparency

Knowing and reporting factories and other operations in supply chains is the first step of human rights and environmental due diligence. When supply chains are obscure companies can neither identify risks nor address them. When companies do not disclose the factories in their supply chains, public buyers cannot know if they have undertaken adequate due diligence. But electronics and other supply chains are long, complex and dynamic. How far should supply chain transparency extend? Should transparency go beyond the reporting of factory locations to include compliance data and business practices?

In this session Electronics watch will discuss:

  • Why it is important for supply chain transparency to extend beyond tier one based on risk analyses
  • Current best practice on supply chain transparency
  • Long-term visions for supply chain transparency

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GPP Helpdesk Webinar on Computers, Monitors, Tablets and Smartphones

24 November 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an important tool to achieve environmental policy goals relating to climate change, resource use and sustainable consumption and production – especially given the importance of public sector spending on goods and services in Europe.

This is the second of the two webinars of 2021, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the revised voluntary EU GPP criteria for computers, monitors, tablets and smartphones, which have been designed to encompass the most important environmental impacts during the life cycle of these products (product lifetime extension, energy consumption, hazardous substances, end-of-life management) and which include also criteria that apply to separate procurements for refurbished/remanufactured devices and related services.

The GPP Helpdesk Webinars provide a forum to inform stakeholders working in the field of public sector procurement about important new developments in the resources available and legislative context for GPP, and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information, visit the European Commission’s GPP website.

• Welcome and Introduction from the EU GPP Helpdesk, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
• Introduction to the revised EU GPP Criteria for computers, monitors, tablets and smartphones, Felice Alfieri, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
• Procurement of computers using the revised EU GPP criteria, Simone Ricotta, ARPAT - Tuscan Regional Agency for Environmental Protection, Italy
• Sustainable procurement of ICT, Josefin Levander, City of Malmö, Sweden (TBC)

Register here.