SPP – Accelerating development through Sustainable Public Procurement

Sustainable Public Procurement promotes practices that are sustainable and in accordance with national policies and priorities.

With the imminent target of Agenda 2030, governments and organisations around the world are striving to find new and innovative ways of reaching their Sustainable Development Goals. This has led to a surge in interest in Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) as a means of ensuring that procurement policies and practices generate benefits not only for the organisations involved, but also for the environment, society and the economy.

SPP is the process by which public authorities seek to achieve the appropriate balance between the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – when procuring goods, services or works. It allows organisations to purchase what they need, while at the same time using the procurement process to support their strategic development goals.

Our world-leading programme with Sida and Crown Agents

Through a joint venture between FCG and Crown Agents, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is meeting the demand to develop SPP practices by funding a Global Capacity Development Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement to support the increased use of SPP practices in its partner countries. The programme will enable stakeholders to work together to accelerate sustainable procurement practices globally and ensure their purchasing decisions reflect broader goals linked to resource efficiency, climate change, social responsibility and economic resilience.

The programme aims to cover up to 14 countries across five key global regions, with consultants already on the ground and supporting participating organisations in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Guatemala, Bolivia and Colombia.

How we’re supporting SPP initiatives around the world

We are partnering with public organisations and other stakeholders willing to implement initiatives which promote the use of SPP, such as the development of SPP policies, guidelines, standards or other tools, piloting the use of SPP in ongoing procurement processes or ensuring the provision of professional development in SPP.

The programme will support a number of partners in each country, working on different areas of SPP.