Public procurement agencies are beginning to add new social and environmental requirements in contract updates with many providers. Through these contractual requirements, public buyers are looking for insight and transparency on supply chain policies and practices in the manufacturing of the products they buy. These same requirements are an opportunity for companies to show commitment to these important business conditions.
The EU Public Procurement Directive encourages a greater focus on supply chain sustainability by allowing member states flexibility on product labels and award incentives.
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) has long been at the intersection of buyers, brands and civil society. This gives us a unique perspective to see opportunities for harmonization, consolidation and consistency across Europe. Through multi-stakeholder roundtables, an ICT Roadmap and international engagements, we aim to align the aspirational requirements of public buyers with the realities of global supply chain manufacturing.
For more information on the work of the RBA and public procurement, view this overview and contact Deborah Albers. Also, please join us for an upcoming event on public procurement:
The RBA will hold a public procurement event on April 16 in Brussels, Belgium for members, public buyers, government officials, industry representatives and other stakeholders. The event will focus on RBA tools and resources to help ensure that the products public buyers purchase are manufactured in a social and environmentally friendly way. Learn more, register here.