Sustainable public procurement

Sustainable public procurement refers to public tenders in which environmental, social, and/or economic criteria are integrated into the purchasing process. This means that government purchasers consider factors such as the environmental impacts of products and services, fair working conditions for employees, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the promotion of sustainable technology innovation, and so on.

The goal of integrating these criteria into public tenders is to promote more environmentally friendly practices, stimulate innovation in sustainable technologies, support local industries and socially responsible companies, and ensure fair working conditions for employees.

The benefits of sustainable public procurement for government purchasers are numerous. Firstly, they can lead to long-term cost savings by using sustainable products and services that require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan. Purchasers can also improve their brand image by demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and meeting society's expectations for sustainable development.

Additionally, sustainable public procurement can have a positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy as a whole. They can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting biodiversity, promoting innovation in sustainable technologies, creating green jobs, and promoting socially responsible businesses.

There are international and European standards for sustainable public procurement, as well as labels and certifications to help government purchasers identify sustainable products and services. Governments and international organizations also encourage sustainable public procurement, including through sustainable procurement policies and awareness-raising and training initiatives.

  • ISO 14001 certification: This certification guarantees that the company has implemented an effective environmental management system.
  • "Enterprise EngagĂ©e dans la Charte de la DiversitĂ©" label: This label attests to the company's commitment to diversity and non-discrimination.
  • "NF Environnement" certification: This certification attests to the environmental quality of a product or service.
  • "Ecocert" label: This label is dedicated to products from organic farming and guarantees that the products meet specific ecological criteria.
  • "LEED" certification: This certification is dedicated to sustainable buildings and attests to their energy and environmental performance.
  • "HQE" certification: This certification is also dedicated to sustainable buildings and attests to their environmental quality and energy performance.
  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): This is a certification for textile products that guarantees that the fibers are from organic agriculture and that social and environmental criteria are respected throughout the supply chain.
  • Oeko-Tex: This is a label that attests that textiles have been tested and do not contain any harmful substances for human health.
  • Better Cotton Initiative: This is an initiative that aims to improve sustainable practices in cotton production.
  • Fairtrade: This is a label that guarantees decent working conditions and fair prices for cotton producers.
  • Cradle to Cradle: This is a label that evaluates the sustainability of products by considering their entire life cycle, from production to end of life.

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