Sustainable procurement for sustainable development

Achieving sustainable development requires that economic growth supports social progress; that economic performance strengthens social equity; that the environment is respected; and that environmental policy is cost-effective without compromising the livelihood of future generations.
Public procurement should aim to generate benefits for organizations, society and the economy, while keeping its impact on the environment to a minimum.

These issues have been addressed, to some extent, by part of the private sector and by some public institutions through 'corporate social and environmental responsibility' policies. Yet knowledge and expertise within the wider national purchasing and supply communities remain limited.

A one-week workshop on Social economic and environmental considerations in public procurement (LINK) is starting today on campus. It was designed by the Centre in close collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims at providing an international comparative survey of sustainable procurement policies and best practice. It explores key concepts in sustainable procurement and explains how they can be applied.The course is being attended by 17 participants, from 13 countries, who are directly involved in procurement management and supervision, or at strategic/policy level.

The course is being given by senior procurement, labour standards and environmental specialists from the Centre, UNEP and other internationally recognized institutions. It uses highly participatory learning methodology; case studies at national and international level will show examples of best practice and provide participants with practical orientation.

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