Sustainable public procurement, that's how it's done!
This brochure is a personal challenge to pursue socially responsible procurement – a key aspect of doing business. Indeed, if we want to live in healthy, climate-neutral cities, eradicate child labour and make the transition to a circular economy, socially responsible procurement can help us take practical steps in the right direction. We can achieve so much more by doing this together. The key word is cooperation: not only by working with other authorities and with the market, of course, but also through better teamwork in our own organisations.
The municipalities of Eindhoven and Rotterdam are inspiring examples of how public administrators, procurement officers and budget holders can work together.
What do the Ministry of Defence, the Radboud University medical centre and the Utrecht provincial authority have in common? Read the interviews with some of their staff! They bravely avoided easy solutions and, as pioneers, initiated dialogue within and beyond their own organisations. This can create a sense of vulnerability, because not every initiative will succeed.