Sustainable Procurement

What is Sustainable Public Procurement? 

It is a "process whereby public organizations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life-cycle basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organization, but also to society and the economy, whilst significantly reducing negative impacts on the environment.”

Why implementing SPP can make a difference?

Public spending, which accounts for an average of 12% of GDP in OECD countries, and up to 30% in developing countries, wields enormous purchasing power. Shifting that spending towards more sustainable goods and services can help drive markets in the direction of innovation and sustainability, thereby enabling the transition to a green economy.

What are the benefits of SPP?

Through SPP, governments can lead by example and deliver key policy objectives. Sustainable procurement allows governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve resource efficiency and support recycling. Positive social results include poverty reduction, improved equity and respect for core labor standards. From an economic perspective, SPP can generate income, reduce costs and support the transfer of skills and technology.



 - (18/06/2012) Study on the Impacts of Sustainable Public Procurement on Sustainable Development

- (18/06/2012) Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines: Introducing UNEP's Approach - English - Spanish - French

- (18/06/2012) To access more resources, please visit of Documents and Resources page