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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.


How can subnational regions drive circular labour markets?

19 January 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

This webinar will explore the role subnational regions can play in driving labour market development in the circular economy.

Taking inspiration from recent research by Circle Economy, Zero Waste Scotland and HIVA, this webinar will provide regions with insights for advancing their work on the circular economy through the lens of employment.

Check out the event website for more background information and to register.

The webinar is organized by Circle Economy, Zero Waste Scotland, HIVA and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.


  • Welcome: Circle Economy
  • Opening: What unique role can subnational regions play in setting the circular economy agenda? Burcu Tuncer, Head of Circular Development & Global Coordinator, ICLEI
  • Presentation 1: How can regional approaches ensure a just transition to the circular economy? Kris Bachus, Research Manager, HIVA
  • Presentation 2: How can regions provide the skills needed for the circular economy? Fiona Craig, Education and Skills Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with Katrijn Siebens from Circular Flanders, Etienne Angers from Recyc Quebec, and more.
  • Closing


Innovation procurement in Europe and the Procure2Innovate Network

22 January 2021, 11:15 - 12:30

As part of the International Congress: Value Co-creation and Innovation in the New Service Economy, the Procure2Innovate Network will introduce itself, as well as some good practices by competence centres in the special session 'Innovation procurement in Europe and the Procure2Innovate Network'. The session will be from 11.15 to 12.30 CET.

Link to the event (access code 600862)

- Marlene Grauer, International Project Manager - KOINNO, German Competence Centre for innovation procurement
- Beatriz Torralba, Innovation Procurement Office CDTI, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation - Spanish Competence Centre for innovation procurement   
- Rolf Zeldenrust, Senior Advisor Innovation Procurement - PIANOo, Dutch Competence Centre for innovation procurement

Facilitated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

For more information, visit here

Public Procurement of ICT and electronics: Power of engagement and challenges of verification

28 January 2021, 16:00 - 17:30

The webinar is co-hosted by European Parliament vice presidents Heidi Hautala and Marcel Kolaja and co-organised by Electronics Watch and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.

The main objective of the webinar is to demonstrate what kind of public procurement policies and practices are possible in information and communications technology (ICT)/electronics for public purchasers at the European Union, national, regional or local level.

The webinar will provide insights on:

  • Human rights and labour rights risks in the ICT/electronics hardware industry on the level of manufacturing and mining
  • Verification challenges in public procurement
  • Independent monitoring as a solution to the verification challenge and impact of independent monitoring for workers
  • Bottom-up investigations for supply chain transparency

To register, please follow this link.

February 2021

Webinar on Urban Agenda e-Learning module

2 February 2021, 10:00 - 00:00

The Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement delivered seven actions that help procurers to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, including guidelines, toolboxes and handbooks. To make these deliverables user-friendly the partnership developed an interactive e-Learning module.

This webinar provides more indepth information on the E-Learning module. It will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 (CET). 

No pre-registration needed, simply join the webinar on the day via this link

For questions please send an email to

Webinar ‘WeBuySocialEU, and You?’

11 February 2021, 14:30 - 15:30

This webinar organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability highlight good practice cases from the EC report "Making Socially Responsible Public Procurement. 71 Good Practice cases", showcasing the diverse ways in which SRPP can make a social impact.


- Rafael Hirt - ICLEI, Introdction to the report and SRPP
- Eva Milsted Enoksen - City of Copnhagen, Using labour clauses in contracts to ensure fair working conditions for all employees working for the City's contractors and subcontractors
- Michel Millares - social enterrpise GECCO, How can SRPP social and environmental benefits for social enterprises and their activites? Gecco and the municaplity of Lille developed a partnershop for the production of biodiesel from used food oils.
-Victor Torrents - Catalan Association of Municipalities, using procurement to strengthen workers' rights in the electronics supply chains and to make supply chains more ethical and transparent.
-Cynthia van der Roest, City of Wageningen, Incorporating social returin in public contracts by employing people at a distance from the labor market. 

More speakers and a detailed programme will follow soon. Register for the webinar here.

The Value-Chain Approach to action on Sustainable Consumption and Production

Findings from the One Planet Network - International Resource Panel Task Group
19 February 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

In advance of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly, the Task Group of the International Resource Panel and the One Planet network will present the Value Chain Approach and discuss how it can strengthen the science policy interface on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). This approach organises information and data to shape impactful action, making it a practical interface between science on natural resources and action on SCP. By being specific and by engaging all stakeholders, the approach generates solutions that are actionable at various levels by different actors. 


During the event, the Task Group will also share findings from its newly released report about the application of the Value Chain Approach to three critical sectors: food, construction and textiles. This report is a response to UNEA4 resolution on SCP.


Register here.

How social economy enterprises can benefit from public procurement? #WeBuySocialEU

23 February 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

The final event of the #WeBuySocialEu project is organised by AEDIL in cooperation with Social Economy Europe.

The webinar will discuss how #socialeconomy enterprises can benefit from #EUPublicProcurement to maximise their growth and social impact. Special focus will be on the strategic procurement strategy of Valladolid and on a support service in Lithuania to promote #independentliving of people with #mentalhealth issues.  

Speakers will include:

Anna Lupi, DG GROW
José Manuel Martínez Fernández, City of Valladolid
Aušra Pulauskaitė, Enterprise Lithuania
Heather Roy, Eurodiaconia
Juan Antonio Pedreño, Social Economy Europe

Interested? Register Here!

Protests and Precarity - Can Public Procurement Drive Change?

26 February 2021, 10:00 - 11:00

In this public webinar, Electronics Watch monitoring partners will discuss the issues stemming from contractualization and other forms of precarious work, especially in the current context of the pandemic. Electronics Watch affiliates will explore these issues from a procurement angle, looking at the cycle of production and procurement in the industry, and how their own purchasing practices can help drive solutions.

Guest speakers:

Jenny Chan, Assistant Professor of Sociology and China Studies in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Aneesh Manjunaath, Coordinator for Legal Research and Training at Cividep India.
Kristin Talbot, Sustainability Strategist, SKL Kommentus.

Please register here.

March 2021

URBACT Online Course on Strategic Procurement

1 - 31 March 2021

About the course

Drawing upon the activities of Procure and Making Spend Matter's cities, URBACT has developed a free online course to equip cities with the knowledge and tools required to embed social and environmental criteria into the process of public procurement and to progress strategic procurement.

Who is this course for?

This free and online training is targeted at anyone with an interest in procurement and changing the way it is undertaken in cities. You could be a Mayor or Politician, a civil servant working in strategy or procurement department, or working in urban and economic development, or someone completely different and willing to learn!

Course structure

The course is made of 13 videos - 7 learning modules and accompanying case studies. It follows the different steps of the procurement cycle (from how to do a spend analysis, all the way to tendering and contract monitoring).

The course will start in March 2021. Videos will be released on a weekly basis throughout the month with side events and activities to continue to exchange with the learning community.

It is recommended to follow the videos in order and dedicate about 2 hours per week in March. But you can also follow the course at your own pace. All videos will be available in the Toolbox to go back to.

Pre-register here. Find more information here.