Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Current Stage: Launched and under implementation

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The list of past and upcoming events of the 10YFP SPP programme is available here.

To learn more about the 10YFP SPP Programme visions and goals for 2024, read our Vision Document.

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

Latest news


The 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme is proud to welcome its 100th partner, the European Environmental Bureau! The European Environmental Bureau has joined our network of governments, international organisations, NGOs and experts, working together to enhance the implementation of sustainable public procurement. 


The Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of the 10YFP SPP Programme consists of 22 members. Check out the member organizations and their representatives by clicking here!

To read more news about the SPP Programme activities, have a look at our newsletters:

Visit the SCP Clearinghouse website to get the latest news or information about upcoming events, or visit our YouTube channel to watch all past webinars.

New Partners

European Environmental Bureau

The European Environmental Bureau is the largest federation of environmental citizens' organisations in Europe, with more than 150 members in more than 30 countries. It acts as a communication channel between its members and the EU institutions and stands for environmental justice and sustainable development. The EEB also supports higher uptake of green public procurement in European Member states as well as a greater use in Commission procurement and EU funds.


Edge Environment

Edge Environment is a consulting firm specialised in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental and social impacts of their products, services and operations. Edge Environment has an expertise in sustainable procurement, particularly in the application of life cycle costing, life cycle analysis and social life cycle assessment.


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 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 from SPP experts.

For more information about the Programme, download the 10YFP SPP Programme brochure in English, FrenchSpanish or Russian.

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 implement working groups' activities.

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 SPP implementation. Why should I join?

  • Access a broad network of organizations and individuals all working together to foster SPP implementation. 

  • Share experience and knowledge with partners and learn from them

  • Benefit from advice and technical support on SPP implementation 

  • Participate in group activities addressing specific aspects of SPP implementation.

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? 

SPP Programme work areas

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

For outreach and communications matters, please contact Ms. Milena Beekmann, UNEP ( 


10YFP Trust Fund

Three 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 selected to receive the 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.

UNEP continues assisting 16 countries on Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling through the EC-funded “SPP and Eco-labelling” (SPPEL) and “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP-GREEN) projects. You can consult the outputs of the project countries here.    

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 acountry-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 resuts 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 in  English, French, Spanish and Russian.