Procura+ Interest Groups bring together participants who wish to collaborate on a specific sustainable procurement topic of common interest.
These could be broad topics such as market engagement or circular procurement, or could be sector specific topics such as effective procurement of organic school catering or energy efficient ICT.
Circular procurement is a different way of acquiring goods and services that promotes consideration of the whole lifetime of the products throughout their supply chain and focuses on the use of the products and associated services rather than their ownership. As public procurer, you can be a pioneer and contribute to this process by implementing circular procurement within your organisation!
Send an e-mail to estela.grana[at]iclei.org expressing your interest to take part.
We are looking forward to discussing further with you in the group!
As human population and the need for resources increase, our current “make, use, dispose”approach to production and consumption can no longer be sustained. A circular economy approach is an alternative to this model, which aims to keep products and materials in the value chain for a longer period and to recover raw materials after the lifetime of the products for their next use. By experimenting with non-conventional business models and avoiding the downcycle of products and raw materials, circular procurement aims to lead the way to a circular economy.
The focus will be determined by the participants, but will likely include:
- Identifying best product & service groups to pilot circular procurement projects
- Development of circular procurement criteria for specific tenders of the participants
- Non-conventional business models under the perspective of the circular economy – how to incorporate them in tenders?
- How to engage national markets to deliver products based on circular economy principles?
- ...Do you have any further ideas? Interest Groups are made and shaped by participants to be tailored for your own aims, so feel free to bring up other interesting topics!
To procure effectively, procurement professionals need:
As budgets in the public sector continue to fall, procurement professionals are expected to get more for less. Our ability to do this is often limited by the markets we are procuring from, or our knowledge of those markets.
Dealing with these issues can be time consuming and resource intensive, so in addition to how to do supplier and market engagement, knowing when to engage and for which procurement process is crucial. This Interest Group provides a friendly forum for sharing experiences and learning from each other, with the aim to produce shared guidance that can help direct procurers to make smart choices for supplier and market engagement.
The Interest Group has now established a way of working and will be meeting either online or by phone on a quarterly basis.
Send an e-mail to responsible.procurement[at]cornwall.gov.uk expressing your interest to take part.
The focus will be determined by the participants, but will likely include discussions split across three main topics:
Do you have any further ideas? Interest Groups are made and shaped by participants to be tailored for your own aims, so feel free to bring up other interesting topics!
Interest groups will primarily co-operate through phone/web meetings and email. If there is interest, face-to-face meetings can also be arranged.
Contact ICLEI for more details on how Interest Groups can work. Guidelines for Interest Groups are available upon request.
You need to be a Participant or Strategic Partner of the Procura+ Network. Interest Groups can be facilitated by Procura+ Participants, who will receive a 50% discount on their Procura+ participant fee.