Following last year’s general election, Sweden’ s new government is exploring strategic ways to increase the focus on sustainability public purchasing.
Swedbank’s values-based, risk assessment approach to IT purchasing led to choice of TCO Certified as sustainability criteria in their purchase of 10 000 notebook computers.
TCO Certified, announced a new cooperation with the Office for Procurement of the German Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministerium des Innern, BeschA). TCO Certified is set to become part of the newly established code of conduct, agreed to by the BeschA and the electronics industry group BITKOM, another step toward more sustainable procurement of IT products.
15 Swedish banks and insurance companies have joined together to call for more sustainability options in the IT products they choose. The Banking and Insurance Network for Sustainable IT Purchasing plans to use their collective voice to communicate the growing demand for sustainably designed and made computer products to the IT industry.
More buyers of smartphones and tablets should make sure they’re asking the major device brands for devices that are sustainably sustainably designed and made. Niclas Rydell of sustainability certification organization TCO Development believes this buyer influence is critical is turning the tide of mounting environmental and social challenges associated with our increased use of mobile computing products.
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.