Final LANDMARK Conference a real success!

With over 140 participants from more than 20 countries, the final ‘LANDMARK Conference – Moving Towards Socially Responsible Public Procurement’ was a real success.  The conference stimulated active dialogue among the participants from all different societal domains (academia, public procurers, NGOs as well as suppliers) and revealed the major outcomes of the three year project collaboration. In several presentations and workshops the participants addressed pressing issues surrounding the topic of socially responsible public procurement (SRPP). The conference was organised in cooperation with the ‘Cotton on to fair trade procurement’ project and also saw the launch of the Fair Cotton Procurement Awards ceremony.

One thing became clear during the conference: the transition from conventional public procurement to SRPP cannot happen overnight, as it is a challenging and complex process that requires commitment and collaboration between many different actors. However, the conference stimulated dialogue and revealed different ways of how to overcome the challenges that public procurers currently face when trying to purchase more sustainably. Problems of intransparency, time and money intensity, lack of knowledge, unreliability or even non-existence of labels, require a close collaboration between different actors involved, including public procurers, NGOs, market actors and researchers. The conference has shown that Europe is on a good way to overcome these challenges and to put SRPP into practice.

In his final statement, LANDMARK project coordinator Philipp Tepper made it clear that reconciling environmental, social and economic aspects in the procurement process, both locally and globally, requires a holistic view and a high level of expertise. He closed the conference encouraging further collaboration and dialogue in the field to allow for a transition towards socially responsible public procurement. The LANDMARK project was a crucial step to refine this transition, as it raised awareness about the topic, fostered dialogue and allowed for sharing experiences thus leaving all participants with “a rich basket of experiences”.

To read the Final LANDMARK Conference Report, view the presentations and watch the LANDMARK Conference video, please click here.



LANDMARK tenders from Bremen and Loures published!

LANDMARK partners Bremen and Loures introduced social criteria in their public procurement processes and published a series of tenders. The tenders show how public authorities can use their purchasing power to help improve production methods along the supply chain, specifically by demanding conclusive verification schemes on the working conditions.

Bremen published socially responsible tenders for IT-hardware, vehicle-leasing and work wear. Loures tendered for consumables and toner cartridges, personal protective equipment, uniforms and footwear as well as services of surveillance and safety in city facilities.

To read more about the tenders, please click here.

LANDMARK report ‘Success stories in socially responsible public procurement’ published!

The LANDMARK report ‘Success stories in socially responsible public procurement’ has been published in March. On the basis of seven case studies, it describes how public spending can be used to drive improvements for workers in global supply chains. 

The report focuses on success stories demonstrating socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) activities that emerged from the LANDMARK project. It showcases and explains best practice examples from across Europe, and provides guidance by detailing public procurers' experiences, which other public administrations may be able to learn from.

The success stories in the report highlight examples of public authorities using tools such as; market engagement, self commissioned auditing, code of conduct development, and resource pooling to achieve more significant results across multiple local authorities. The report analyses twelve tenders from across Europe that have integrated social responsibility and will discuss the lessons that other public sector organisations could take away from them.

You can find further information about 'Success Stories and Tenders' here.

Download the final report here.



Catalan public authorities in an SRPP Working Group

Barcelona  City  Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and Catalunya Government are  participating together in a  Working  Group about  SRPP  promoted by SETEM Catalunya in Landmark’s project framework.

From June 2012 representatives from Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Catalan Government are participating in a monthly working group on socially responsible public procurement, promoted by SETEM Catalunya.  The aim of this group is to work on the introduction of social criteria in the foreseen tenders of textile and electronics products of these three administrations, the main public buyers in Catalunya. 

This working  group is the first platform where these three administrations  can come  together and  discuss  how  they  can  use  their  leverage to influence the  market  to promote  the  respect  of  labour rights  in their supply  chains.  They aim to establish common standards to include in their tenders so that all their suppliers can verify and guarantee the respect of ILO core conventions in their production processes. In the long term these common standards could be replicated by all Catalan city councils. 

Although it is a relatively new initiative there have been some outstanding achievements already, including the organisation last November of an SRPP Workshop with around 50 public buyers from across the three organisations. In the upcoming  months  another  workshop  will  be  organised with the main bidders  of  the three administrations to discuss the  introduction of social criteria in the future call for  tenders.



Verifying Social Standards in Public Procurement: The LANDMARK video

Worst forms of child labour, no right to associate and unfair pay are some of the issues which countries that have ratified the International Labour Organisations' (ILO) Core Conventions seek to abolish. Public procurement can be used as a powerful tool to address these and other issues related to the labour conditions of workers employed to produce goods consumed by public authorities in Europe.

It is not enough to simply ask for meeting the criteria of the ILO core conventions in the supply chain process. The criteria must be continuously and carefully verified and measures put in place from the outset of the tendering process to ensure that the criteria are met. The LANDMARK video shows how public authorities across Europe have done this in practice.