Creating Business Opportunities for Suppliers by enhancing Environmental friendly Production
Topic of the practice
Green public procurement
Good Practice Information
Since 2006, Region Västra Götaland, Skåne, Regional Council and Stockholm Country Council have been working together to promote social responsibility in procurement. 31 municipalities and the region have made an agreement regarding implementation of procurement practices that promote a low carbon economy. The participating organisations have all made commitments to use their competencies to put pressure on the region's common suppliers to work actively on the environment and social responsibility in connection with their products and services. The municipalities are now able to join the three regions in the network that work towards higher responsibility in procurement.
The process involves the following steps: 1) Make explicit low carbon demands on the products 2) Highlight the environmental benefits and results 3) Involve the suppliers in discussion about continuous improvements. Example actions include: Buying furniture from producers from a green list, using green electricity, specifiying demands on vehicles and buying Ecological Food products and promoting the use and knowledge of the products and procurement strategy.
Evidence of success
All participating organisations have made commitments to use their consumer power by demanding products with less impact on global warming than average products on the market.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Berit M. Mattsson
Region of Västra Götaland
Annex completed on: 04-25-2011