Training programmes and material on how to put socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) into practice have been developed for use by both training institutions of public authorities such as academies and procurement organisations.
One of the core modules of the training programme focused on verifying compliance with the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the principles of fair trade. Trainings took place in Germany, Portugal and Spain, these included:
- September-December 2013: During the last 2013 quarter SETEM Amarante, located in Galizia have organised 10 workshops about Socially Responsible Public procurement in 10 different City Councils. SETEM Catalunya carried on a train the trainers session to give tools to the staff and volunteers that will be responsible for all that workshops. Landmark legal guide and the Best Practises publication were used during the session and were disseminated during the workshops.
- March 2013: An SPP training event for the SW Federal Finance Directorate, Freiburg.
- February 2013: Staff from the Logistics Division, Loures Municipality receiving training on SRPP. (For further details in Portuguese, click here.)
- February 2013: A training session on SRPP in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona. (Click here for the agenda along with further information about the training event, the LANDMARK multimedia exhibition and responsible procurement can be found on the Municipality's website in Catalan.)
- January 2013: An SRPP session for City Council purchasers, after Sant Boi hosted the multimedia show. The success of this lead to plans for LANDMARK partners to work with the City in future. (Click here for further information.)
- December 2012: Training on socially responsible procurement of textiles for procurers, traders, decision-makers and NGOs in Bremen.
- November 2012: A seminar on SRPP for the 3 main public administrations in Barcelona. (For more details in Catalan click here.)
- October 2012: An SRPP training session at the Berlin civil service training academy.
- August 2012: A training session for techers at the Public Administration Academy (AFZ) in Bremen. Course materials in German can be found here.
- February 2012: LANDMARK's first train-the-trainer workshop in Bonn, Germany. It included tender analysis and the consideration of social, environmental and economic aspects. Staff participated from several departments of the Federal Procurement Agency, where the competence centre for sustainable public procurement is based. (The presentations are available in German here.)
Workshops and seminars
Workshops involving local authorities, manufacturers, suppliers, civil society organisations and other stakeholders were held to help improve cooperation between suppliers and consumers in public procurement.
- December 2013: The multimedia exhibition in the townhall of Pankow (Germany) has been opened on the 13th of December with a lecture on "Working conditions in the production of orange juice", hold by Sandra Dusch from the Christliche Initiative Romero e.V. .
- December 2013: on 4th December a workshop took place in Sant Boi (Spain) to introduce the Ethical Committee to the SRPP and to define a possible SRPP working plan for the city. Since November the 5th 2012 Sant Boi City Council has an internal Ethical Code to regulate the city council’s behaviour at an internal and external level. The Ethical Committee is composed by city council representatives, citizens and CSOs and has the aim of promoting the respect for this ethical code inside Sant Boi’s City Council and with their external suppliers. The Ethical Code includes a mention of SRPP as Sant Boi City Council is an active member of the Catalan SRPP Network .
- November 2013: SETEM Amarante with the support of Galicia’s regional government organized on 27and 28 of November a Socially Responsible Public Procurement and Fair Trade workshop. It was addressed to all the public buyers in Galicia. SETEM Catalunya participated in a panel about SRPP giving an overview of the legal framework opportunities and of European best practices of SRPP. 15 attendees from several departments of the Galician public administration including 2 universities took part in the workshop.
- September 2013: A seminar on socially responsible and ecologically purchased toys took place in Bremen on September 30th. Speakers were: Dr. Diana Wehlau , Kirsten Wiese and Uwe Kleinert. Presentations are available here: 1, 2, 3. The event was facilitated by Birte Asja Detjen. 30 people took part (mostly staff of kindergartens and representatives of toy companies). They were very interested in the speeches and afterwards, there was a lively discussion. Many participants thought that the seminar was an impulse for them to try to struggle for ethical procurement in their kindergartens.
For more information in German, please click here.
June 2013: The Generalitat of Catalunya organised last 18th June a workshop about Public Procurement role in the actual context for public buyers from catalan administration. SETEM Catalunya participated as a panellist about best practises in Social Responsible Public Procurement and examples from the Best Practises Landmark publication were explained. Please find here the agenda and the presentation (in Catalan) from the event. Ever since there are monthly internal meetings between the provincial council of Barcelona, the City Council of Barcelona and the government of Catalunya, aiming to establish a common Stategy for SRPP.
- June 2013: A technical seminar on environmentally and socially responsible textiles took place in Bremen. It was designed for traders and buyers and a key initiative presented was the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). For more information on the event in German click here.
June 2013: A symposium on socially responsible procurement of IT hardware took place in Rostock and was attended by public procurers, political decision-makers, NGOs, companies and worker’s representatives. Click here to see the programme and here for the presentation on "Legal possibilities and conditions for public procurement according to social standards" of Kirsten Wiese, LANDMARK project manager in Bremen.
- June 2013: A seminar in Loures on sustainable and fair public purchasing kicked off LANDMARK's multimedia exhibition tour of Portugal. It aimed to raise awareness about the ILO core conventions amongst political decision-makers, municipal technicians, suppliers, producers and individual consumers. The flyer and programme are available in Portuguese.
- June 2013: A conference took place in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, organised by "Eine Welt Netz NRW e.V.". Speeches were given on Bremen's experiences with environmentally and socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), focusing on IT. The following documents are available in German: the programme, WEED's presentation and this link with all other presentations.
- May 2012: To mark German Development Day, WEED held an event in Berlin's central train station. It aimed to raise awareness about social and environmental conditions in manufacturing and production. LANDMARK's video "Social responsibility in the supply chain" was also shown. See here for more information.
March 2013: An internal working group discussion on SRPP for the public administration at Barcelona City Council An operational plan for the working group can be found in Catalan here.
March 2013: A workshop on SRPP and global responsibility in trade for experts from the federal states, held in Düsseldorf.
January 2013: The "fair flowers" exhibition at Bremen Botanical Gardens. (For more information in German click here.)
October 2011 - June 2012: Interviews and market dialogue sessions held during this time between LANDMARK partners in Bremen and suppliers of protective workwear and other textiles. The aim was to prepare for future tenders by determining the capability of the market to provide products that meet ILO core standards throughout the supply chain.
Other awareness-raising initiatives promoting socially responsible procurement took place regularly in Germany, Portugal and Spain:
- February 2014: The event on socially responsible procurement has been co-organised with the German organisation Engagement Global (Branch Office for Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein) in the prestigious building of the Finance Administration situated in the heart of Hamburg. The audience comprised mainly procurers from the city state of Hamburg. The event focused on a presentation on socially responsible procurement by Peter Defranceschi, Head of the ICLEI Brussels Office. Following an update on related recent legal and practical developments the participants engaged actively in a discussion which touched upon common challenges such as verifying social criteria in procurement, the jungle of labels and the legal basis for socially responsible procurement. Hamburg can be considered a frontrunner in sustainable public procurement, and particularly a recent tender on IT products involving 60 mio EUR is remarkable as it included also social criteria. This tender was carried out together with Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein and given the substantial money involved comprised a long consultation process among all stakeholders. Pictures of the exhibition can be found online: A, B, C, D.
- February 2014: The conference on socially responsible public procurement of IT hardware at 20-21. February in Schwerin offered a constructive and open exchange between different stakeholders. With over 80 participants, the conference brought together public buyers with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and computer manufacturers to discuss how the purchase of government departments and other public authorities can contribute to the improvement of working conditions in the global computer production. The documentation of the event can be found here. You can find a picture from the conference and Annelie Evermann's presentation here: 1 and 2.
- January 2014: The event on socially responsible procurement has been opened by Oppenheim’s Mayor Klaus Penzer. After a short video on children slaves and discussion, Peter Defranceschi from the ICLEI Brussels Office introduced the topic and Dr. Kirsten Wiese from the City of Bremen talked about procurement legislation. The afternoon focused on sustainable procurement in the construction sector (esp. stones and timber) and on food supply. Please find photos from the event and further information about it in German here: 1, 2, 3.
- November 2013: LANDMARK multimedia show has been presented at the “Heldenmarkt – fair for sustainable consumption” in Berlin. On the 16th of November Juliane Kühnrich from WEED e.V. spoke about the experiences of the LANDMARK project on socially responsible public procurement – and what Berlin could learn from this.
- September 2013: Textiles for hospitals in Bremen was the focus of the event that took place in Bremen. It focused on the purchase in an ecological, ethical, and economical way. Presentations in German are available here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. For the agenda in German please click here.
August 2013: Kirsten Wiese presented the Bremen LANDMARK Project to representatives of institutions that deal with public purchases in Bremen and Hamburg and to the senator of finance. You can see her presentation (in German) here.
May 2013: To mark German Development Day, WEED held an event in Berlin's central train station. It aimed to raise awareness about social and environmental conditions in manufacturing and production. LANDMARK's video "Social responsibility in the supply chain" was also shown. See here for more information.
May 2013: A parallel event was also held in Bremen to recognise German development day.
May 2013: An all-day awareness raising event took place in Sant Quirze. This included the showcasing the LANDMARK video.
March 2013: An awareness raising event on SRPP was held in Sant Quirze, Barcelona as part of the multimedia show visit to the municipality. This event was in cooperation with a woman's working group and showed a video with witnesses of female workers in the textile industry in Morocco.
- December 2012: A strategic meeting between LANDMARK partners SETEM, Network Wear and other key stakeholders was held to discuss current issues in Europe related to socially responsible procurement of work wear. More information is available here.