In a first of its kind collaboration, a group of third party environmental and sustainability certifications have joined forces to challenge the public sector to become more socially and environmentally responsible in their purchasing practices. The initiative coincides with the publication of EU’s expanded directive for public purchasing. The new directive expands opportunities to include environmental and social aspects when using public funds to buy goods and services. In EU, public purchasing accounts for around 200 billion Euro annually.
Earlier this year the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive. The directive makes it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for IT products - to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility from electronics manufacturers. Member countries have until 2016 to implement the new directive.
New EU public purchasing directive calls for more emphasis on social and environmental considerations in public contract requirements.
At the beginning of 2014 the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive, making it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for IT products - to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility.
The benefits of including sustainability principles in public sector IT procurement are beginning to show up in the form of better bottom line economic outcomes. Other effects are reduced environmental impact and greater respect for worker rights in IT manufacturing. They key is for procurement and IT professionals to make their demands to vendors clear, specific and verifiable.
Purchasing Experts: New EU Directive allows inclusion of ILO Core Conventions in purchasing specifications
Two of Europe’s leading experts in EU-law and public sector purchasing believe that the new EU Purchasing Directive makes it easier for public sector buyers to include ILO’s Core Conventions in specifications when sourcing products and services. Peter Kunzlik, Professor of Law and expert in public purchasing at the University of East Anglia and Catherine Barnard, author and Professor of EU-law at the University of Cambridge led the discussion at a recent conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Companies and organizations worldwide choose TCO Certified as a way of identifying sustainably designed and manufactured IT products. Periodically we survey IT purchasers to see how they are using TCO Certified as part of a sustainable IT program. We’ve put together a simple 3 minute survey and are asking for your input as part of our 2014 IT Buyer poll.
The development of sustainable infrastructure is a key challenge of an increasing global trend toward urbanization. Efficient systems for energy, waste, green buildings and transport are critical for the growth of “Smart Cities”, along with a sustainable IT infrastructure to support them. ICLEI’s Global Town Hall @ Meropolitan Solutions in Hannover April 7-11 offers a platform for municipalities, experts and the private sector to share experiences and innovations in smart, sustainable infrastructure.
The Conference on Socially Responsible IT Procurement, in Schwerin, Germany on February 20-21, is one of the most important events for those interested in including social responsibility demands in the procurement of IT products. TCO Development has been invited to discuss the social responsibility criteria of TCO Certified and the effects that we have seen these requirements to have thus far.
Price will no longer be the key driver in determining what public purchasers buy in the EU, following the passing of new directives this week in the European Parliament. Municipalities and agencies throughout the region will now be able to freely add environmental and social requirements to their purchasing specifications.
In an effort to drive their engagement in Sustainable IT efforts, The German Federal Employment Agency has announced a collaboration with IT vendors and TCO Development to drive their sustainability demands when buying new computer hardware. The use of sustainability certification TCO Certified will be a key component.