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September 2020

Towards a Responsible Supply Chain for Electronics

From Mining to Manufacturing
28 September - 2 October 2020

In 2017, eleven European partners joined forces to create the project “Make ICT Fair – Reforming manufacture and minerals supply chains through policy, finance and public procurement”. This diverse partnership (including a university, a newspaper company, an international association of governments, a monitoring organisation, research centers and other specialised civil society organizations) aims at improving the lives of workers and local communities impacted along the ICT supply chain through research, capacity building and campaigning.

Three years later, the consortium is hosting a series of webinars to share the research results, pleading for increased transparency in a fairer ICT supply chain. 

In three webinars, the different links of the ICT supply chain, from mineral extraction to manufacturing and assembly are analysed. Key results of the research are presented and the following questions are debated:

  • Which levers in the supply chain could drive a fairer ICT supply chain?
  • What are the opportunities and calls to action?

These webinars aim to stimulate an open discussion with the sector to achieve a fairer supply chain for electronic devices.

Each webinar is structured in two parts:

  1. Overview of the relevant research results and a brief explanation why its conclusions could help to improve the studied stage in  the supply chain.
  2. Open discussion with the participants.

The webinars are organised by the Make ICT Fair project, in collaboration with Fair ICT Flanders and supported by KU Leuven SIM2.

Find more information about the provisional programme here and don't forget to register !


9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns
30 September - 2 October 2020

(Virtually) hosted by the City of Mannheim and ICLEI Europe, the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns will open its doors for the 9th time from 30 September - 2 October 2020, in a new online format.

The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future.

The world is facing major environmental, economic and social challenges that require a substantial transformation in all aspects of society. Without this transformation, global and European self-set goals like the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Europe long term strategy on GHG emission reduction will remain unreachable.

The 2020 edition of the flagship European conference on local sustainable development will build on the legacy of the previous conferences in Aalborg, Denmark (1994 and 2004), Lisbon, Portugal (1996), Hannover, Germany (2000), Seville, Spain (2007), Dunkirk, France (2010), Geneva, Switzerland (2013), and the Basque Country, Spain (2016).

Join us to take transformation forward.

Join over 800 participants from local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, the research community, business and civil society.

For more information visit:

October 2020

Digital Conference: Environmental Aspects in Public Procurement in Europe

1 - 2 October 2020


The aim of the event is to bring together decision makers, experts, scientists and practitioners from all over Europe to talk about the latest topics on green public procurement.

We will discuss how procurement practice can meet given goals of

  • climate protection,
  • circular economy,
  • biodiversity,
  • a non-toxic environment

Key issues will also be

  • further challenges in green public procurement,
  • best practices in cities and communities and
  • exchange on product groups

The conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Environment Agency (UBA) and organised by the Berlin Energy Agency GmbH (BEA).

Learn more and register here.

Socially Responsible Procurement - Side Session - European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference

2 October 2020

October 2nd, 9:30 to 11am

Procurement is a powerful tool that helps public authorities meet their needs for products and services but offers the opportunity to drive the implementation of Agenda 2030. This can range from leveraging the power of procurement to achieve environmental goals, but also to foster fair working conditions, supporting gender-equality or marginalised groups, to improving conditions across a supply-chain in collaboration with industry.

This session explores the following questions: What are key challenges and drivers when getting started on socially responsible procurement? How can procurement be used to influence global supply-chains such as electronics? What are examples for the difference that socially responsible procurement made locally tackling social dumping? What are recommendations on how to leverage procurement for gender mainstreaming?

Confirmed speakers are: 

  • Anna Lupi, Policy Officer, DG Grow Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs European Commission
  • Elin Seveholt, Advisor Sustainable Procurement, Stavanger Kommune 
  • Mercè Corrretja, General Director of Public Procurement, Government of Catalonia 
  • Espen Nicolaysen, Head of Sustainable Procurement, City of Oslo 
  • David Salomonsen, Head of CSR and Procurement Law, City of Copenhagen

Join the session during Mannheim2020 European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference. Register here

Public Procurement in the EU: the road forward

8 October 2020, 11:00 - 13:00

This online seminar will include the European Commission’s views on the implementation of the 2014 package in the services sector and the way ahead, the presentation of the latest editions of “The Government Procurement Review” and, among others an intervention by Ms Mercè Corretja, Director for Public Procurement of the Generalitat de Catalunya on the 2018 Framework Agreement for cleaning services of the Catalan Government which was one of the finalists for the Procura+ Award for Sustainable Procurement of the Year 2019.

The seminar is organised by EBSA. Find more information here.

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Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery

13 October 2020

The event will explore the 'Innovation Partnership' - a new procedure introduced in 2016 in the EU legal framework. The webinar of 13 October will open a cycle of short webinars on the procedure. The European Commission will provide an overview of contracts and procedures concluded in the EU so far. Three buyers will share their experience with regard to the use of this innovative procedure which combines the development of innovative products or services and their procurement. 

More information will follow closer to the event. 

Register here by 1st October. Note: as the event is hosted by the European Commission you have to create an EU login account to be able to register.

The power of sustainable procurement

European Week of Regions and Cities
14 October 2020, 16:30 - 18:00

This workshop, being held in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, aims to inspire European, national, regional and local government officials and experts by exploring good practices examples of green and social sustainable procurement.

On behalf of the European Commission, ICLEI and AEIDL have written a report on good practices in socially responsible public procurement titled 'Making socially responsible public procurement work'. The publication delves into not only critical social aspects of public procurement, but also how procurement can foster sustainability via 'green' considerations. This workshop will focus specifically on these 'green' cases.

The event will include an introduction from AEIDL, as well as contributions from:

  • Anna Lupi, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
  • Rafael Hirt, Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer, ICLEI Europe
  • Aline De Cokere, Procurer, City of Ghent (Belgium)
  • Ana Fe Félix Iglesias, Manager, La Encina (Spain)

Click here to register.

Procurement Leadership Means Climate Action

15 October 2020

Join this action-oriented global discussion with leading cities and experts showcasing the power of procurement for taking climate action by integrating sustainability into their purchasing processes and decisions.

October 15th, 9.30-10.45am UTC+2

We invite you to engage in a high-level discussion exploring themes around the following questions:

  • Why does sustainable purchasing matter for a city?
  • How to leverage procurement towards the achievement of the Paris Agreement? How does climate-friendly procurement look like in your city?
  • What are ambitious targets that leading cities around the world have set to achieve? What are the steps cities have taken to accelerate climate action through the city’s purchasing power?
  • Amidst the COVID-19 crisis and recovery, how can procurement work for both economic recovery as well as continued sustainability efforts?
  • How do local governments work with their suppliers for goods and services to create a market that supports innovation towards climate-friendly products and delivery of goods and services?
  • How do you calculate and monitor the impact of procuring sustainably?

Register now!

Partners and supporters of the event are the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and the One Planet Network Sustainable Procurement Programme.

EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade 2021 - Award Ceremony

16 October 2020, 10:30 - 13:00

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2021 Award Ceremony will take place on Friday 16 October 2020 from 10:30 AM to 13:00 PM (CET) in Ghent's City Hall.

Register now and follow Online the Award Ceremony live from Ghent.



10:30 –11:00: Welcome & Interventionsby DG Trade’s Executive Vice-President, Valdis Dombrovskis and ITC Executive Director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton

11:00 –11:25: Testimonies by the 2019 EU Cities Award-winning city Ghent and Ghent’s project partners in India

11:25 –12:00: Presentations by 2021 Shortlisted Cities

12:00 –12:15: Announcement of the winner of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2021

12:15 –13:00: Announcement of the Special Mentions



This new award, now in its second edition, was launched by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. The Award covers sustainable, fair and ethical trade between EU cities and non-EU markets, showcasing how EU cities set an example for a values-based trade agenda through their own policies and activities.

Ashleigh McLennan from ICLEI is part of this years jury.

You can find more information on the shortlisted candidates here.

EU Green Week 2020

19 - 22 October 2020

Attracting attention around the globe, EU Green Week is the biggest annual event on the European environment policy calendar. It's a forum for stakeholder debate at the European, national and local levels, generating input that feeds back into policymaking and implementation. And it is a truly European event – in addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, numerous events are organised by partner organisations across the whole of Europe. 

EU Green Week 2020 will focus on nature and biodiversity. All around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change, and the combined effect of this unprecedented crisis is disrupting the ecosystems that support life on Earth, with devastating consequences for human well-being and prosperity. While the situation is extremely serious, there is still hope. Solutions exist, but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade.

Read more on the event website.