The objectives of the working group are to improve the implementation of sustainable public procurement (SPP) through ecolabels and standards – by developing tools and sharing good practice – and to improve dialogue between the two fields (SPP and sustainability standards and labels). These objectives recognise the valuable, mutually supportive role that public procurement and ecolabels and standards can play in generating more sustainable consumption and production practices.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Objectives

The Working Group 4 was established as a space for knowledge sharing and interaction between public procurers on the one hand, and private standard or ecolabel organisations and users on the other hand.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Annual Meeting Working Group 4b - Improving collaboration between sustainable public procurement and eco-labels and sustainability standards
  • Webinars Working Group 4b - Improving collaboration between sustainable public procurement and eco-labels and sustainability standards
  • Newsletters - SPP & CI-SCP Working Group - Improving Collaboration Between Sustainable Public Procurement and Sustainability Labels and Standards

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • SPP & CI-SCP Working Group - Improving Collaboration Between Sustainable Public Procurement and Sustainability Labels and Standards

Impact and Results

The working group has improved and increased dialogue between organisations working with sustainability standards and labelling schemes, and those working on SPP, by providing a platform to raise awareness, to share tools and good practices, and to discuss issues and challenges, and to come up with innovative solutions. Also, the initiative has served as a mechanism of collaboration between the 10YFP SPP and CI-SCP, and has fostered discussions around the role of sustainability standards and labels between those communities.

Next steps and how to get involved

The working group is open for interested organizations to join. To learn more please email 10yfpspp@unep.org or ciscp@un.org.