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Second Edition of UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Guidelines

  • Published on December 14, 2021
This second edition of the SPP Guidelines incorporates a large number of best practices and case studies mostly gathered in the countries supported by our organization since 2012. The methodology proposed by UNEP has also been revised to take into account the lessons learned in our various SPP projects. Finally, the reader will also find in this new edition highlights of UNEP’s monitoring activities extracted from the 2013 and 2017 Global SPP Reviews or from the first data collection exercise of SDG 12.7.1. 
The Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines give direction to SPP policy makers, experts and consultants on designing Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policies and implementing them. They use a specific and adaptable approach, referred to as the ‘SPP Approach’, refined on the basis of the experiences and feedback received from countries using this methodology. It can be used as a step-by- step guide on how to set up and strengthen a country’s long-term work on SPP, and is also intended to be a point of reference and inspiration on sustainable procurement in general. The aim is to provide a common vision, language and framework for SPP and to guide stakeholders on how to effectively pave the way towards SPP implementation. 

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