20 July 2012

Good Practice in Socially Responsible Procurement

The LANDMARK project has published a new document containing good practice approaches to verifying Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP), taken from across Europe. This collection of current practice is a complementary publication to a legal guide “Verifying Social Responsibility in Supply Chains”, which provides in-depth legal perspectives on how verification can be achieved.

Ensuring that all workers throughout the supply chain are treated appropriately is challenging, especially when the extraction of raw materials and the manufacturing or production of goods occurs in different countries. Legitimate SRPP requires verifiable compliance with any social criteria stipulated in a tender, such as the exclusion of goods produced using child labour, or meeting the core International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. Achieving this can be time-consuming and complex for suppliers and buyers alike.

Advances made towards SRPP despite these challenges, is therefore very encouraging. Numerous European municipalities have adopted a resolution to comply with the core ILO Conventions in the public procurement of products and services. Furthermore, many have started developing and applying verification schemes to ensure that suppliers are complying with the required social standards. This document outlines examples of this progress, using information provided by local governments from across Europe.The approaches towards verification and monitoring chosen by the public authorities differ both in focus and extent.

Download the Good Practice here.