SO FAIR - information and ability: socially fair procurement in public sectors
Every year public authorities in Austria spend around 35 billion Euro for products and services. If this amount would be spent on product and services that foster sustainable development, public authorities could not only contribute actively to a more intact environment, better working conditions and the reduction of poverty (also to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), but also could state an example for companies and consumers.
- Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
- Land Niederösterreich
three projects between 2007 and 2015
- Clean Clothes Kampagne
- Klimabündnis Österreich
- Prove - Unternehmensberatung
- ÖkoKauf Wien
There are several resolutions made by the federal government, provinces and communities, which include commitments for social and green procurement. In practice many of these commitments fail due to legal uncertainty and the lack of knowledge of procurers to phrase these social requirements. Furthermore the growing market of fair produced products is hard to overlook. The project aims at working off the deficits mentioned above and designing a catalogue of criteria for the product groups textiles and food. Afterwards persons working in these fields are trained.
The projects aims are working off the deficits mentioned above and designing a catalogue of criteria for the product groups textiles and food. Based on these facts persons working in this field will be trained. The result of best practice examples can be taken as an orientation for procurement transactions in future.
Target and dialog groups: Target groups are decision makers in politics and administration departments in public procurement. Dialog groups are initiatives working with procurement in public sectors, experts in public procurement legislation, companies delivering products and services to authorities and other interested persons.
Activities: Design and legal hedge of the criteria for socially responsible procurement with text modules, directly adoptable for tenders. Based on that, trainings for interested procurers. Implementation of socially responsible procurement in Vienna by ÖkoKauf Wien.