Programme and presentations

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

18.00 - 19.30 Welcoming event at the EuropaPunktBremen (Bremen Parliament) 


Thursday, 27 March 2014

9.00 - 9.30 Arrival and registration

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome by Councilor Hans-Henning Lühr, Legislative Assembly, State of Bremen

9.45 - 10.05 Keynote address: The LANDMARK project on verifying social responsibility - taking home a rich basket of experiences (Philipp Tepper, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability) [PDF-file]

10.05 - 10.15 Bremen - moving towards socially responsible public procurement (Dr. Kirsten Wiese, Thorsten Schmidt, State of Bremen, Senator for Finances) [PDF-file]

10.15 - 11.15 Plenary discussion: Future challenges in and solutions to socially responsible public  procurement   


  • Anna Lipkin (European Working Group on Ethical Public Procurement)
  • Matthias Goost (Managing Director, Bierbaum-Proenen Textiles, Germany)
  • Carsten Schulz (Head of Central Purchasing Body, Immobilien Bremen)
  • Jim Cranshaw (People & Planet)
  • Solobamady Keita, Cotton Producer, Mali  

Facilitator: Liz Kistner

11.15 - 11.45: Coffee Break

11.45 - 12.45 Keynote Contributions: Moving ahead

Socially responsible public procurement – what will change in regards to the new EU Procurement Directives?

  • Dr. Matthias Zieres, lawyer,· Kropp · Haag · Hübinger Advocates, Germany [PDF-file]

Practical experience: Auditing production lines for public procurement - chances and challenges

  • Binay Kumar Choudhury, Textile Division Manager Control Union Certifications, GOTS-Auditor, Navi Mumbai, India [PDF-file]

12.45 - 14.15: Lunch break

14.15 - 15.45:  Workshops

Workshop 1 (English / German) - Monitoring of the supply chain in Public Procurement in Scandinavia – what may other European countries learn?
  • Grete Solli (Senior Advisor at South East Norway Health Authority) [PDF-file]
  • Pauline Göthberg, National Coordinator for the Swedish County Councils and Regions) [PDF-file]

Facilitator: Liz Kistner

Workshop 2 (English / German) - Public procurers: how to gain competences in applying social criteria?

  • Michael Marwede (Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Germany).[PDF-file]
  • Mark Starmanns (BSD Consulting, Switzerland) [PDF-file]

Facilitator: Philipp Tepper (ICLEI)

Workshop 3 (English) - Reliable verification:  labels, auditing systems and other schemes


  • Gisela Burckhardt (FEMNET, Clean Clothes Campaign, Germany) [PDF-file]
  • Stine Foss (Ethical Trade Initiative, Norway) [PDF-file]

Facilitator: Annelie Evermann (WEED)

Workshop 4 (English / French) -  Fair trade cotton and supply chain justice in public procurement: why and how?

Partners of the Cotton on to Fairtrade procurement project will give testimonials on Fair Trade cotton procurement from France, UK and Ireland. 

  • Rachid Sifany (Procurer, City of Paris, France)
  • Alain Yvergniaux (Brittany region, France)
  • Summary by Elba Estrada [PDF-file]

Facilitator: Elba Estrada (Fairtrade Advocacy Office, Brussels)

15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break

16.15 - 17.00 Presentation of the workshop results in plenary session   

17.00 - 17.45 Fair Cotton Procurement Awards ceremony  [PDF-file]

17.45 - 18.00 Final statement and closing of conference by Philipp Tepper, ICLEI