corsus at the 8th German Procurement Day

The annual congress is the leading event of the DVNW (Deutsches Vergabenetzwerk) Akademie GmbH on questions of public procurement and public procurement law. This year, it took place again in Berlin on Friday the 5th of November. The Procurement Day addresses representatives of public contracting authorities, private sector companies, the legal system, politics and science related to the topic. Current developments in public procurement law and policy and the latest case law were discussed in twelve workshops and four innovation forums. In addition, in-depth practical workshops, exchange of experience and networking took place.

A workshop on the topic of “Making success in sustainable procurement measurable and visible – opportunities and challenges for sustainable procurement” was held by corsus together with Mareike Grytz from the Metropolregion Nürnberg and André Siedenberg from the Kommunalagentur NRW on behalf of the Service Agency Communities in One World.

Every year, the federal, state and local governments procure goods and services worth approximately 450 billion euros. These range from office supplies and computers to textiles and cleaning or catering services. If these orders are placed under the umbrella of sustainability, municipalities also take social and ecological requirements into account in addition to economic efficiency. Public contracting authorities thus make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of their municipality and can use their market power to purchase environmentally friendly and socially responsible goods in a targeted manner. They thus have the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and improvement of our livelihoods, to influence production conditions and thus to positively change the market, the environment and society.

The legal framework for sustainable procurement has been continuously improved in recent years. In particular, the reform of German public procurement law in 2016 has significantly expanded the scope for action. Today, public contracting authorities have far-reaching possibilities to integrate ecological and social criteria into all stages of the award procedure.

The topic also occupies a prominent position on the political agenda. As a promising instrument for the implementation of sustainable development, eco-social procurement has found its way into political policy papers and strategies.

corsus addressed the success factors and challenges for anchoring sustainable procurement in municipalities and clarified the legal and practice-oriented prerequisites for the measurability and practicable recording of ecological and social indicators in procurement procedures.

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