Practical Seminar Socially Responsible & Green Public Procurement


PUBLIC SPENDING FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE OBJECTIVES with the optional workshop on ISO 20400:2017 - Achieving Sustainable Procurement

Public authorities' purchasing decisions impact millions of people through the supply chain. In 2019 the EU adopted a new directive for accessibility requirements for products and services. It aims to establish common rules on accessibility that will also apply to public tenders. The European Commission intends to facilitate the uptake of socially-responsible criteria in public procurement and to promote their use across the EU.

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The seminar will focus on strategic approach to public procurement and on social aspects in Public Procurement. 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 seminar will focus on:

  • Presenting national and international strategies to promote responsible public procurement
  • Taking a detailed look at audit institutions and measurement issues
  • Providing an outlook for the anticipated responsible PP trends and visions

What will you learn at this practical seminar?

  • Implementing socially responsible public procurement within contracting authorities' organizations
  • Integrating environmentally responsible purchasing
  • Audit mechanisms and review practices for sustainable public procurement
  • Monitoring, reporting, and measurement in socially responsible public procurement
  • Selected public contracts presented as examples of good practice
  • Identify legal, financial and moral risks associated with sustainability in the supply chain
  • Monitor and improve the sustainability performance of suppliers
  • Build supplier relationships that create long-term, sustainable value

Who is this seminar for?

Directors, Heads of Units, Experts, Managers, and other members of staff dealing with public procurement and responsible for the execution of public procurement contracts from:

  • National and Regional Ministries
  • Executive Agencies
  • European Agencies and Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Central Procurement Offices and Purchasing Agencies
  • Universities and Research Institutes
  • Public Health Services and Hospitals
  • Defense Procurement Agencies
  • Central Banks, Public Banks
  • Competition Authorities
  • City Councils & Communities
  • Procurement Agencies from EU Candidate Countries

Our experts for this event:

Rafael Hirt
Rafael HirtOfficer, Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Hans Kröder
Hans KröderInternational Sustainability Expert (SDGs, ISO 20400, ISO 26000 and ISO/TC 323 Circular Economy), International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Matthias Maertens
Matthias MaertensAdvisor to the Director General Corporate Services, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Dr Reto Malacrida
Dr Reto MalacridaHead of the Government Procurement, World Trade Organization, Switzerland
George  Paraskevaidis
George ParaskevaidisAdministrator, Council of the European Union, General Secretariat, Belgium
Marc Steiner
Marc SteinerJudge, Swiss Federal Administrative Court, Switzerland
Farid Yaker
Farid YakerProgramme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme, France