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CIPS develops sustainability benchmarking index for purchasers and suppliers

30 July 2013

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) have developed an independent means of benchmarking supplier's environmental, economic and social sustainability, allowing purchasers to assess potential partners quickly and comprehensively. Known as the CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI), the tool has been developed by procurement experts, employing both theoretical and practical knowledge.

CSI enables suppliers to demonstrate their excellence in sustainability, and gives purchasers a better overview of the supply chain. For suppliers, it removes the need to fill out frequent questionnaires or question sheets from purchasers, and provides recognised proof of the level of sustainability achieved. It also saves purchasing organisation staff time, which can be put to more effective use.

The tool contains best practice guidance, which will help suppliers to enhance their offering and keep up to date with current industry requirements. To register, suppliers must pay a once-off fee, while for purchasers, registration is free of charge.

For more information, click here.

German competence centre for innovation procurement launched

25 July 2013

The total volume of public procurement in Germany amounts to around €300 billion per year. Obviously, this represents a major potential for fostering innovation. By purchasing cutting-edge products and new technological solutions, governments not only save money and energy but also provide industry with the impetus to put innovative products and services on the market. As of 1st of March 2013, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWI) has set up a national German competence centre for innovation procurement.

In addition to providing specialised training and every day information sharing, the competence centre is focusing on piloting pre-commercial procurement activities in Germany. The website will also provide good practices for PCP and PPI procurement. Furthermore, the competence centre will act as a virtual market place in which German procurers can express their innovation needs and communicate with potential suppliers.

In co-operation with the Federal Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME), the Economics Ministry will hold the annual "Contracting Authorities Day", at which public sector contracting authorities can discuss current procurement issues. At the event, the "Innovation schafft Vorsprung" prize ("innovation creates a lead") will be awarded for the most innovative procurement procedure and/or the procurement of an innovative product. The Economics Ministry invites contracting authorities to join the competition by submitting exemplary projects.

To visit the website, click here.

Catch up on ICLEI's latest news on sustainable procurement in Europe

23 July 2013

The July edition of the Sustainable Procurement Update is fresh off the press and contains a mix of information on European procurement news, training opportunities, and networking events, and is now available online.

This issue focuses on mainstreaming low-carbon procurement across Europe - the main focus of the GPP 2020 project, which will see more than 100 low-carbon tenders published during the next three years. GPP 2020 will also increase permanent support structures already in place for green public procurement (GPP) and run capacity-building programmes in eight countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain).

Supplementing information about new projects, the newsletter also informs about the latest developments in the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign. Two public authorities have joined the Campaign since spring: the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and the municipalities’ network Reseau Grand Ouest (France). Leadership of the Campaign has also changed hands, partially, to the City of Helsinki (re-elected), Province of Barcelona and the City of Malmö (Sweden). If you would like to know more about Procura+ and find out how the Campaign could benefit your organisation contact us about it or consider taking part in the next Procura+ Seminar on sustainable timber procurement in Amsterdam (6 November).

Read more about the above and other news on sustainable procurement by clicking here.

Path to greener, more cost-effective lighting in cities explored in guide

18 July 2013

Lighting accounts for 50 percent of energy consumption in European cities, and up to 60 percent of municipal expenditure. To help cities reduce these figures and meet the targets set out in the Europe 2020 goals, the European Commission has produced the guide "Lighting the Cities: Accelerating the Deployment of Innovative Lighting in European Cities".

Focusing mainly on innovative and eco-friendly Solid State Lighting (SSL) solutions, which utilise light-emitting diodes (LED) to reduce electricity used in lighting by up to 70 percent, the guide looks at the procurement and large-scale roll out of these intelligent systems in European cities. In particular, the guide addresses cities that are still considering their first LED lighting projects or have limited experience in this field.

Recommendations are given on how cities can initiate an SSL deployment, from the preparation of an urban lighting strategy, development of the business case through consideration of immediate cost savings and longer term analysis. Information is also provided on engaging with local businesses and citizens to ensure wide-spread acceptance and success.

To view the guide, click here.

Introducing the PPI Platform

16 July 2013

The Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) Platform is now live at The Platform is a brand new system that aims to make public procurement of innovation a wide-spread reality in Europe.

With Europe’s economy facing serious challenges with regard to growth and competitiveness, the need to find innovative and sustainable solutions is more important than ever before. Procurement is a powerful tool to stimulate the market to offer innovative and sustainable solutions. The Platform has been developed to help public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of PPI. Custom-made to meet the needs of users, the PPI Platform is comprised of three elements.

The website is the first port of call for all things related to PPI and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, the European legal framework, policy support and more specifically, it will offer the latest updates on PPI and PCP related projects.

The Procurement Forum is a space for procurers and related stakeholders to discuss, share and connect, allowing them to post comments and upload documents, images or videos. Users can create groups, which are ideal for developing and coordinating projects involving numerous partners.

The Resource Centre provides a centralised database for PPI guidance, gathering useful documents in one place. Resources include national and European policy and strategy documents, tools, case studies, details of projects and initiatives, and reports.

The platform has been developed by ICLEI with support from the European Commission, and in partnership with PIANOo – the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, REC – the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and IWT – the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.

Feedback on the platform is welcomed. The platform is set out to create a user experience that is rewarding, informative, and enjoyable - any input that helps to achieve this is most welcome. All features are fully functioning, but in case of any issues or feedback please contact us at:

To visit the platform, click here.

New guide outlines methods to prevent human rights abuses in global supply chains

11 July 2013

The Norwegian Government has prepared a guide to ensuring human rights are respected within supply chains, providing practical information for enterprises on avoiding rights violations, and rectifying situations in which rights have been contravened. Titled "A Guide to Human Rights Due Diligence in Global Supply Chains" and aimed at organisations of all sizes, it sets out a clear method to ensure rights our respected.

Organisations, states the guide, should evaluate their activities and operations in relation to human rights by carrying out a due diligence process. This process should seek to reduce and avoid direct or indirect violations of human rights. To achieve this, enterprises must collaborate with stakeholders on improvements, measure, report and communicate their human rights efforts, and integrate human rights due diligence into their core business principles.

Adapting purchasing practices may also be necessary in some cases. The guide includes examples from Norwegian companies and outlines a number of tools which can be used to support the due diligence process. The guide is currently only available in English but will be translated into Norwegian by August 2013.

For more information, click here.

ICLEI joins council of sustainable procurement leaders

9 July 2013

ICLEI has partnered with the new Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation which aims to solve the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardisation in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded. Comprised of leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organisations and NGOs, the council functions partly as a collaborative space in which sustainable procurement leaders can come together to discuss methods of overcoming pressing challenges.

The primary goal of the organisation is to positively influence the life cycle impacts of goods and services. Among its work, the council develops sustainable purchasing guidance and measurement and benchmarking tools, offers training and certification, and convenes conferences, workshops and expert gatherings. On July 23, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council will launch with a live webcast from Washington, DC (USA).

Taking place from 13:00 to 14:30 EST, registration for the event is free and can be completed online. SPLC’s Jason Pearson said: “By providing organisations with credible guidance and a leadership recognition programme that rewards them for choosing sustainable solutions, we will empower institutional purchasing to lead the transformation of our economies.”

For more information, click here.

Provisional agreement reached on revised Public Procurement Directives

4 July 2013

On 26 June 2013 the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the revision of the EU Public Procurement Directives (the ‘classic’ and the ‘utilities’ directives). The agreement is still provisional, however the final agreement should be simply a formality and require only minor changes to current drafts. The legislators strove to improve flexibility in the procurement process for both the public and private sector while at the same time giving greater importance to quality and innovation.

Core changes to the new directives include the principle of the ‘most economically advantageous tender’ (MEAT) becoming the standard award criterion, replacing the criteria of lowest price (this includes an emphasis on quality, environmental considerations, social aspects or innovative characteristics, transparency in sub-contraction and stronger rules against abnormally low bids); a new tool to issue a call for tenders without specifying a product, but rather a problem that needs to be solved, giving room for discussion and cooperation between the public and private sector; and tender documents eligible for EU-wide bidding will be made available in all EU languages. Tenders from national databases will also have to be made available to eligible bidders.

The agreement package must be approved by the Council and then by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee – both of which are planned for this month (July 2013). The final vote will take place in autumn. The directives will then have to be adopted into national law by EU Member States. Only when this national legislation comes into force will the new rules be applied in practice. To read the text proposed by the European Commission and the amendments proposed by the European Parliament, download Marc Tarrabella’s (Rappoteur) first reading report.

For more information, click here.

German National Competence Centre for SPP goes public

2 July 2013

To make public procurement in Germany greener, more socially sustainable and economically advantageous, the German Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior has launched the Kompetenzstelle für nachhaltige Beschaffung (Competence Centre for Sustainable Public Procurement), an online hub providing training and consulting for public authorities.

The website contains guidelines, newsletters and helpful materials such as example tenders and regional policies; offers training and consulting via telephone and email; and provides information on real-world events for procurers. The target audience of the centre are both awarding authorities of federal, state and local governments, as well as non-governmental organisations and other potential bidders.

The federal government has also launched an “Alliance for Sustainable Procurement”, which addresses different aspects of sustainable public procurement in changing expert groups. As the second-largest purchaser of the German federation (with an annual turnover of €1 billion), the Federal Ministry of the Interior was well placed to develop the website. It has both expertise on procurement law relating to a broad product portfolio, and experience in facilitating collaboration with industry and trade associations.

For more information, click here [in German].