#WeBuySocialEU campaign pushes socially responsible public procurement

The European Commission is showing the benefits of socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) with a communication campaign promoting the report ‘Making Socially Responsible Public Procurement Work.
Thorben Wengert, pixelio.de

71 good practice cases’, as well as a set of three inspirational videos based on real cases and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions on SRPP’ document. The #WeBuySocialEU campaign aims to promote the inclusion of social criteria in public tendering.

Each year, public authorities in the European Union spend around 2 trillion EUR purchasing goods, works and services from the market. Public buyers increasingly use this purchasing power to achieve positive social outcomes.

The European Commission (EC), aiming to promote SRPP, has issued a report showcasing 71 examples of how public procurers have implemented SRPP in order to promote employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, ethical trade, design for all, and to achieve wider compliance with social standards. The report ‘Making Socially Responsible Public Procurement Work: 71 good practice cases’ has been welcomed by public buyers, public authorities and organisations working in the field. The EC has also produced three videos visualising specific good practice cases and has issued a ’15 Frequently Asked Questions’ document clarifying potential questions buyers interested in implementing SRPP might have.

SRPP asks procurers to look beyond the price and the quality of the products or services they want to acquire, to also consider how a product/service is produced and sourced.

The 71 cases in the SRPP report show that those public buyers who want to use their procurements to strategically deliver positive social outcomes, have a wide range of tools, mechanisms and opportunities to choose from to get this done.

The cases compiled in the report come from 27 countries, including 22 EU Member States plus five non-EU nations. The cases address a diverse selection of products and services, encompass all phases of the public procurement process, and include a broad range of public buyers, ranging from local and national governments, to public hospitals. The report also shows that SRPP is possible across a wide array of sectors, including construction, food and catering, furniture, gardening services, healthcare, ICT, social services, transport, mobility, and waste.

This case study collection, written by ICLEI Europe and AEIDL – with the support of Public Procurement Analysis, Dialog Makarna and Social Economy Europe – aims to improve awareness and understanding of the potential of SRPP.


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