Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

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PARIS, FRANCE - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), Cities and Lifestyles Unit, hosted a webinar on "Measuring Impacts and Communicating Benefits Created by Sustainable Public Procurement". The webinar took place on Wednesday 22 September 2015 and was co-organized with Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and Industrial Economics, Incorporated, IEc, in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP SPP programme), and namely, the working group 2b focusing on the same topic.

Key speakers included Mr. Farid Yaker, Programme Officer, UNEP DTIE, in charge of the Sustainable Public Procurement programme, who provided some background on the 10YFP SPP programme activities - past, present and future - of relevance to the work undertaken by the working group 2b.

Mr. Jason Pearson, Executive Director of SPLC, gave an overview of SPLC's work and highlighted the importance of SPLC's Guidance v1.0, as the whole work of the working group and, namely, the final report guidance framework is built of the same steps.

Dr. Anastasia O'Rourke, Industrial Economics, Incorporated, IEc, presented the results of the guidance framework that has been under development for the past months. Dr. O'Rourke also discussed areas for future potential work on the topic of measuring impacts and communicating benefits of SPP. SPLC and IEc have led the work of the working group for the past two years.

The webinar attracted much attention and was attended by working group members from different organizations, including Convention on Biological Diversity, Environmental Certification Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency and others from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and Sweden.

The work of the 10YFP SPP programme revolves around four work areas which are implemented through several working groups. The working group 2b on "Measuring Impacts and Communicating Benefits Created by SPP”, whose work was presented during the webinar, operates under the work area 2 on “Assessing Implementation and Impacts of SPP”.

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Building on a 10-year journey

The 10YFP Programme on SPP further amplifies and extends the impact of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI), which was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference ( The SPPI was itself a continuation of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement, led by the government of Switzerland from 2005 until 2011. To view the main achievements of the Marrakech Task Force, please visit


The Sustainable Public Procurement Programme mainly aims at:

1. Building the case for SPP: improving the knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool to promote sustainable consumption and production, support greener economies and sustainable development.

2. Supporting the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration, and better access to capacity-building tools and support through SPP experts.

For more information about the programme: Download the 10YFP SPP programme brochure (English), also available in French and Spanish.


Geographical distribution of partners

The 10YFP SPP Programme is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and co-led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI). A Multistakeholder Advisory Committee oversees the programme’s implementation, and work area coordinators carry out each specific working group’s tasks.


Click here for a complete list of our partners.

Interested in joining?

The SPP Programme is open to all organizations and individual experts that are interested in joining a collaborative platform to support the implementation of SPP.

Why should I join?

  • Access a rich, expansive network of organizations and individuals all working together to foster the implementation SPP. 

  • Share your experience and learn from others

  • Benefit from advice and technical support on SPP implementation 

  • Apply for financial support for SPP activities in developing countries through the 10YFP Trust Fund, which issues calls for proposals on a periodic basis.

Download the application form to join the SPP programme!

Contact us: 

  • Lead: Farid Yaker, SPP Programme Officer, UNEP (

  • Co-lead: Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Capacity Centre (

  • Co-lead: Hyunju Lee, Associate Researcher, Sustainability Strategy Office, Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (


Which activities does the SPP programme entail? 

The Principles of Sustainable Public Procurement

A significant achievement of the SPP Programme is the adoption by the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Public Procurement Principles, which were publicly released in March 2015. To learn more about the Principles of Sustainable Public Procurement, click here

SPP programme work areas

The SPP programme work plan is organized around 4 main pillars, delivered by time-bound and results-oriented working groups led by partner organizations. A description of working groups activities and outputs can be found in the chart below. All our publications are available as well on the SCP Clearinghouse E-library.


10YFP Trust fund

Sustainable Public Procurement projects selected

The 10YFP Trust Fund call for proposals of the SPP Programme was launched in December 2014 to provide financial support to projects focusing on SPP implementation. The pre-screening of proposals by the 10YFP Secretariat and the evaluation of applications by the MAC members were completed in February 2015. 

Three projects have been pre-approved to receive 10YFP Trust Fund support under the first call for proposals on SPP: in South Africa, a proposal from the Western Cape Government in cooperation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); in Uruguay, a proposal from the Ministry of Environment, the National Procurement Agency, in cooperation with UNOPS; and in the Philippines, a proposal from the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department of Quezon City.


The UNEP SPP Approach

The UNEP's SPP Approach incorporates the lessons drawn from the testing of the Marrakech Task Force Approach in 7 pilot countries: Costa Rica, Uruguay, Mauritius, Tunisia, Chile, Colombia and Lebanon.

The SPP Approach aims to guide project countries through a set of steps in building an effective SPP programme. It leads to the creation of a policy framework that legitimizes actions for SPP implementation, by, at the same time, recognizing that different countries have different legal frameworks for procurement, needs and tools at their disposal.   



The UNEP SPP Approach consists in 4 steps:

STEP 1)     Project countries create a Steering Committee comprised of relevant stakeholders with the duty to oversee project implementation and ensure a nation-wide and comprehensive effort to apply SPP.

STEP 2)     Project countries assess their procurement practices and conduct a legal review to analyze the current legislative framework for procurement in the country and to evaluate the possibilities for integrating social and environmental criteria into procurement activities. A country-based market readiness analysis is carried out in order to define the existing capacity to supply sustainable products and services and the potential responsiveness of the market to SPP tenders. The market readiness analysis must focus on those goods and services that have been "prioritized" for being incorporate into the public procurement system.  

STEP 3)     After successful completion of these initial steps, project countries have the capacity to develop a country-based SPP Policy and Action plan, including a capacity building programme for procurement officers.

STEP 4)     UNEP experts assist project countries in the implementation of their SPP policy over the course of one year. This step builds on the results achieved in all the previous phases, and focuses primarily on the insertion of sustainability criteria in the procurement cycle.


For a more in-depth description of the UNEP SPP approach, download the official UNEP SPP Implementation Guidelines by clicking on the image below.