Sustainable procurement

Sustainable or responsible procurement is procurement which integrates, in a well-balanced relationship between stakeholders, requirements, specifications and criteria which promote the protection and enhancement of the environment, social progress and economic growth.

Sustainable public procurement is not an end in itself. In purchasing ecological, ethical and socially responsible goods and services, public authorities play their part in a sustainability policy. This directly influences practices of consumption and production to render them more sustainable. Below, we list some structural or ad-hoc initiatives which have been taken to promote and stimulate more responsible consumption on the part of the public authorities.