Collecting good practices and raising awareness on socially responsible public procurement

2019 - 2021

The European Commission (EC) has produced a report that collects good practices on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) - Making socially responsible public procurement work. 71 good practice cases - , and ICLEI has supported the EC to identify these outstanding examples from local, regional, national and European buyers.

Buying social is about acquiring ethical products and services; using public tenders to promote decent work along the supply chain; introducing gender equality criteria or other social considerations in your tenders; using the light regime for social services, reserved contracts to encourage social outcomes, and accelerating inclusion of people with disabilities by including certain specifications in your tenders, among others.

ICLEI is also supporting a communication campaign - #WeBuySocialEU - to reach public procurers and authorities to share with them the advantages of SRPP and encourage them to invest time and money on it, and to reach social economy businesses to provide information on the possibilities of SRPP and facilitate their participation in public tendering.

Three explanatory videos have been produced to this end:

#WeBuySocialEU - video 1

#WeBuySocialEU - video 2

#WeBuySocialEU - video 3