13 February 2012

New briefing note looks at the link between public procurement and sustainable development

In collaboration with the Sustainable Consumption & Production Branch in UNEP, the Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC) is presenting a new briefing note on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). The briefing note looks at the link between public procurement and sustainable development, presents the economic, social and environmental factors included in SPP and explains approaches to SPP.

The paper states that, "It has become increasingly clear among policy makers that public procurement can play a much more strategic role, and that specifically, it can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development encourages public procurement practices that stimulate development and diffusion of environmentally sound goods and services. It also promotes the integration of the three components of sustainable development - economic development, social development and environmental protection - as interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars."

The briefing note is currently available in English and Spanish, with French coming soon. The PCDC has developed and gathered a wide range of key resources, which provides a wealth of information relevant to procurement capacity development. The resources are categorised by focus area and, where applicable, regions and countries. All documents and links are further grouped by document category e.g. methodologies and toolkits, newsletters.

To participate in the online discussion on SPP, click here.