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24 April 2020

The OECD is launching a new project to support selected cities/regions in using public procurement as a strategic tool to achieve their policy objectives and priorities. The project will be implemented with the support of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. It is open to ICLEI members, Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and Procura+ Participants as well as other cities ICLEI works with on this topic. The project comes at a time when public procurement is playing an increasingly critical role in delivering the goods and services that are necessary to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for post-crisis recovery.

How cities spend taxpayers’ money, how they deliver services and how they make strategic investment decisions makes procurement an increasingly important tool to go beyond the economic aspects of “value for money”.

In addition to providing support to selected cities and regions, the project offers the opportunity to produce comparative data and statistics on public procurement in cities and regions, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, and assess the procurement performance at the local level.

For more information on how your city/region can join the project, please contact Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre ( and Soo-Jin Kim, Head of Urban Policies and Reviews Unit, OECD (


ICLEI launches new criteria guidance - leverage procurement to make ICT fair

21 April 2020

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Europe and Electronics Watch published “How to procure fair ICT hardware - Criteria set for socially responsible public procurement” as part of their work in the Europe-Aid funded project ‘Make ICT Fair’. 

Cities, local governments, universities, hospitals and other public bodies in the European Union procure over €50 billion worth of electronic devices annually. These purchases include desktop or laptop computers, servers, screens, workstations, printers or smartphones.

Human and environmental rights violations take place daily in the  ICT supply chain. Long working hours, low wages, suicides, poisonings, child labour, armed conflicts, water depletion and environmental disaster are just some of the labour and human rights violations reported in the electronics industry from mining to manufacturing.

Public authorities have the power to use procurement to create better working conditions and protect the rights of workers and communities by purchasing products that have been procured in a socially responsible manner.

The criteria document aims to support experienced procurers in leveraging public purchases of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hardware to positively impact working conditions across the electronics supply-chain. The criteria set covers guidance on Subject Matter, Selection and Award Criteria, Technical Specifications as well as Contract Clauses. The criteria set is ambitious as it goes beyond smelter level but addresses issues at mining stage also. 

This guidance has been developed together with the Procura+ Interest Group on Socially Responsible Public Procurement of ICT hardware, coordinated by ICLEI Europe. The Interest Group consisted of procurers and experts on social aspects from the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Scotland, Barcelona City Council, Greater London Authority, Municipality of Haarlem, Region Stockholm, Municipality of Stavanger, Municipality of Malmø, the City of Aalborg and Rijkswaterstaat. 

‘The power of public procurement can create a positive impact across global supply chains. We see every upcoming procurement as an opportunity to act on the responsibility we have as a public authority to create public value. From our perspective this ambition includes doing our best to assure fair working conditions in the supply-chain of electronic products that Barcelona City Council needs. The new criteria will enable us and other procurers to further advance our socially responsible public procurement practice.’ - ​Carla Canal Rosich, Directorate of Global Justice and International Cooperation, Barcelona City Council

Region Stockholm has identified ICT as a priority area to be addressed in our procurement, due to the high risk of human rights, labour rights, and child labour violations within the supply chain. The new set of criteria helps pave the way towards fair ICT products. This requires not only criteria per se, but regular dialogue between buyer, reseller and suppliers including thorough contract management.’ - ​Kathleen McCaughey, ​Manager Sustainable Supply Chains, Region Stockholm

Download the full document here. Contact: 


The overall objective of the Make ICT Fair project is to increase EU citizen knowledge of EU development cooperation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raise awareness & understanding of EU citizens/decision makers about the interdependencies between the Global South and Europe and mobilise EU citizens/decision makers & ICT purchasers/procurers working in the EU Public Sector to improve workers'/communities' rights and conditions in the ICT industry.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Make ICT Fair Project and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. The European Commission is also not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein. The project has received funding from the European Union’s EuropeAid programme under grant agreement CSO-LA12017/388-226. 


Learn from and exchange with the EU-funded project AI4Cities

16 April 2020

Are you a public authority ambitious about procurement and curious about artificial intelligence towards carbon neutrality?

Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris Region, Stavanger and Tallinn - are pursuing a pre-commercial procurement and are looking for cities that are curious to learn and exchange with throughout the process.

The project is divided into five phases:

1. Preparatory phase: refine challenge, enlist companies and peer cities

2. Funding Suppliers for Solutions design

3. Funding Suppliers for Prototypes development

4. Funding Suppliers for pilot testing in EU Cities

5. Results promotion and scaling-up


What does it mean to be a Preferred Partner?

- To engage closely with the PCP Process, with a view to ultimately expanding the market uptake of the developed solutions through your own Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI).

- To be kept informed about all aspects of the PCP and afforded access to all information concerning the PCP results.

- To contribute wherever possible to validate the PCP goal by providing background information regarding the specific needs of the cities.

- To collaborate with the consortium’s public procurers and to meaningfully support the project’s objectives.

- To join relevant online and face-to-face meetings.

How to get involved? Visit or get in touch with Josefine Hintz, Manager Preferred Partners Group –

Public procurement to support crisis response

15 April 2020

Local governments play a critical role in ensuring the physical, emotional and societal health of their residents during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Local leaders and communities have been key to introducing early restrictive measures, as well as approaches to mitigate the impact of the restrictions for people and to support those at the highest risk. Public procurement has to support the emergency response and the adjustment to this new and extraordinary situation.  

To support procurers who are facing this challenge, later this month, ICLEI alongside the EIC Accelerator is organising an online market engagement e-pitching event to connect public and private procurers from the health sector with EIC companies providing medical supply (e.g. personal protective garments, medication, test kits, respiratory machinery, etc.) and innovative technologies (e.g. tele-medicine, remote solutions, artificial intelligence for data analysis and prediction, etc.).

The online event, which will bring together European procurers and up to 40 EIC companies, will provide procurers with the opportunity to outline their needs and the challenges and problems they face in relation to COVID-19. The EIC companies in attendance will then be able to pitch solutions to these challenges.

As part of the EU-funded LEA project, ICLEI is also offering a new webinar series, from April-June, which will explore the procurement of resilient education technology during the COVD-19 pandemic. With schools and universities closing and classes moving online, this five-part webinar series will hear from both teachers and innovation procurement professionals and explore how procurement can learn from this current crisis and procure effective learn-tech now and in the future. 

Learn more about the e-pitching event here.

Learn more about the webinar series here




Win €10,000 to fund your next innovative and sustainable procurement project

8 April 2020

Innovative and sustainable procurement actions which showcase the use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies, are invited to apply for the 2020 Transformative Action Award.

The winner of which will receive a prize of €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region.

The winner will also receive free entry to the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, Mannheim (Germany), 30 September – 2 October 2020, where the 2020 Transformative Action Award ceremony will take place.

The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

Current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 31 July 2020. For more information and to apply for the award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.



Webinar on the new EU GPP criteria for food, catering & vending machines

2 April 2020

On behalf of the EU GPP helpdesk ICLEI Europe is organising a webinar to introduce the new EU GPP criteria for food, catering services and vending machines, on April 23 from 14:30 - 16:00.

Register here.


  • Welcome and Introduction to the EU GPP Criteria for Food, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • The sustainable school meal procurement initiative of Torres Vedras, Paula Rodrigues, City of Torres Vedras
  • Low-carbon and sustainable food procurement in Helsinki, Satu Turula and Reetta Huomo, City of Helsinki


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 spendingon goods and services in Europe.

This is the first of two Webinars that will be held in 2020, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteriafor food, catering services and vending machines, which have been designed to help public authorities reduce the key environmental impacts associated with the growing, preparing, and selling food.

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.