26 July 2012

ISEAL project to improve use of sustainability standards in emerging economies

A new three-year project aims to increase the use of sustainability standards in sustainable public procurement (SPP), particularly in emerging economies. Developed by the ISEAL Alliance – global association for social and environmental standards with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the project will work closely with governments around the world to help them improve the scale, scope and effectiveness of their SPP efforts.

As part of this project, ISEAL in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has conducted a series of interviews with a worldwide range of public sector entities. The purpose of these interviews is to assess the extent and manner in which sustainability standards, such as eco-labels, are being used by public sector officials to support SPP.

These interviews will feed into a baseline report on the current use of sustainability standards in SPP around the world. When completed it is anticipated that this comprehensive report will reflect the current global status, successes, needs and challenges faced in the use of sustainability standards in SPP policies and procedures.

For more information, click here.