Study on the Impacts of Sustainable Public Procurement

UNEP, with the financial support of Switzerland, is conducting a study on the impacts of Sustainable public procurement (SPP). The study will outline the sustainable development and market transformation impacts of SPP practices through 8 case studies. This study falls within the scope of UNEP’s Capacity Building for Sustainable Public Procurement project, supported by the European Commission, the Organization of Francophone countries and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

A large sample of possible case studies will be analyzed so as to consider a wide range of possibilities and examples.  The case studies will be selected, among other criteria, on the basis of the availability of data, relevance and expected impacts.  In order to reach out to public purchasers around the world, the selected studies will have to be both representative and transferable.   Additionally, the study should provide concrete lessons in terms of sustainable development impacts and/or market changes.

Regarding the criteria for assessing the impact of SPP on sustainable development, a tailored approach to each case will be developed since different purchases and contexts require specific parameters for comparison and analysis. The criteria for measuring the impact of sustainable procurement are specific to each market, and differ radically when considering a contract for goods (furniture, ITC) or services (cleaning). The study will analyze the sustainable development impacts of the various choices made throughout  the procurement cycle.

UNEP has partnered with FACTEA Durable and Ms. Christelle Monteillet to select and develop 8 case studies that will showcase the impact of SPP on various sustainable development indicators.  If you are interested to contribute to the study and have useful SPP information to share, please contact Mr. Pierre Ravenel (PRavenel(a) and Ms. Christelle Monteillet (christelle208(a)

Study on the Impacts of Sustainable Public Procurement on Sustainable Development