Useful guidance and tools for socially responsible public procurement

Legal uncertainty, a lack of publicised examples and gaps in knowledge are some of the issues discouraging public authorities from taking action when it comes to sustainable public procurement. The LANDMARK project aims to address these issues and offer solutions by publishing guidance and tools.

In March 2014, the report 'Success stories in socially responsible public procurement'  has been published. The report contains a series of success stories on how public authorities have put socially responsible procurement into practice and  raise awareness about global supply chain issues in numerous product lines.

The year 2012 saw the publication of basic guidelines for interviewing companies about the compliance with ILO core labour standards in the supply chain. Only very few companies are familiar with this and potential bidders must therefore be informed of the related requirements before the call for tenders. This interview guide has been developed to assist public authorities in their dialogues with potential bidders about social requirements in tenders.

As part of their work towards encouraging more public authorities across Europe to consider socially responsible procurement, LANDMARK partners have also collaborated to produce Good Practice in Socially Responsible Public Procurement in July 2012.

This series of case studies describes how organisations from different countries have approached the verification of social criteria at various stages of the tender process. Each study looks into how the compliance of direct suppliers is monitored and how this applies to the rest of the supply chain. It is hoped that procurement professionals and other key stakeholders will be able to use the experiences of their counterparts to develop or improve verification systems in their own authorities.

In June 2012, LANDMARK has published a practical and legal guide for public procurers; which complements the Good Practice examples and has been broadly disseminated a referred to across Europe. Please, note that it refers to the (old) Procurement Directives from 2004 but still includes concepts and approaches that are highly relevant for the uptake of the New Procurement Directives from 2014. Download your copy here: Verifying Social Responsibility in Supply Chains.