13 December 2019

Toolkit on human rights for policy makers and public buyers released

The Danish Institute for Human Rights has published a new Toolkit “Driving change through public procurement: A toolkit on human rights for policy makers and public buyers (road-testing version)”, exploring how public procurement policy makers, buyers & contract managers can implement requirements to support human rights along the supply chain.

In recent years, public procurement has increasingly been recognised as a means for states to fulfil their human rights obligations and as a means of realising sustainable development. Including requirements within public procurement that suppliers respect human rights can help prevent human rights abuses including modern slavery, child labour, human trafficking, and excessive working hours from occurring within state value chains and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, women and children, and economically disadvantaged minorities, for example.

The toolkit is designed to be a practical tool with a range good practice examples. It is published in a road-testing version and the publishers would like to hear whether the toolkit can be improved and whether there are more good practice examples to be highlighted.

Download the full toolkit here.

If you want to engage in the discussion and learn more about how to implement social standards in public procurement, you can follow the MakeICTFair project, that adresses fair labour conditions along ICT cupply chains, and join the Procura+ Interest Group on Socially Responsible Public Procurement of ICT.