26 January 2021

New document compiles 15 frequently asked questions on Socially Responsible Public Procurement

What is socially responsible public procurement (SRPP)? Who benefits from SRPP? How does SRPP differ from ‘traditional’ procurement? These are some of the 15 Frequently Asked Questions compiled in an FAQ document published by the European Commission and written by ICLEI to support public buyers.

The FAQ document is an addition to the EC report ‘Making socially responsible public procurement work: 71 good practice cases”, published last september. The report written by ICLEI and AEIDL, highlights the wide range of mechanisms, applications and opportunities public buyers can choose from to use their procurements to deliver positive social outcomes.

Public authorities can engage in socially-responsible public procurement by buying ethical products and services, and by using public tenders to create job opportunities, decent work, social and professional inclusion and better conditions for disabled and disadvantaged people. The FAQ document aims to clarify potential questions public buyers interested in implementing SRPP might have.

The FAQ document can be downloaded here.