HAARLEM

OVERVIEW

SPP IN HAARLEM

Haarlem with a population of 160,000 inhabitants is a mid-sized city located in the northwest of The Netherlands, in the province Noord Holland. A pioneer in championing ambitious targets Haarlem first introduced an action plan to become climate neutral in 2008. The City bases its public procurement work on this ambition. It strives to be a frontrunner in sustainable public procurement and is working hard to transition into a gas free city with a circular economy. Cooperation between businesses, government, knowledge institutions and citizens ensures the City works effectively, innovatively and sustainably.


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    • Host of the 'Meet the Buyer' event series on socially responsible public procurement of ICT
    • Pioneer in applying 'Social Return on Investment' concept in tenders encouraging suppliers to create social value
    • All purchases 100% sustainable since 2016
    • First Action Plan for Climate Neutral Haarlem introduced in 2008

         

        160k

        Population

        2018

        Date joined

        CONTACT

        Valentina Schippers-Opejko

        Coordinator Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement

         

        WEBSITE

         

        More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

        IN ACTION

        SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

        As a city, Haarlem aims to put its 250 million Euro budget to good use by procuring green, fair and circular. The City has developed an ambitious sustainable procurement strategy that takes a holistic approach to SPP, ranging from climate friendly procurement, over circular to socially responsible procurement. The City is a signatory of the "Green Deal" from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that strives to make sustainability an inherent aspect of roadworks and infrastructure.


        SPP TARGETS

        • A completely sustainable, natural gas free energy supply by 2040
        • A transition to a circular economy by 2030
        • by 2020 all civil engineering works will be procured in accordance with the "Green Deal Sustainable Civil Engineering"
        • by 2020, the city will apply award criteria that stimulate energy savings in all tenders for service contracts
        • The City commits to applying award or selection criteria for climate-neutral transport to all tenders for delivery services by 2020

        SUPPORTING SMES

        The City of Haarlem wants to support its local economy through procurement and inspire local SMEs to create social value in their operations by employing citizens with difficulty building a career. The City is also piloting new ways of communicating upcoming tenders with local SMEs for example through dialogue to develop tender criterias that they can fulfil. The result of this work with SMEs is to lower the barrier for them to bid.


        CITYMATCH

        The city of Haarlem participated in the CityMatch on successful contract management and socially responsible public procurement, hosted by the City of Malmö. CityMatch is an exchange programme for cities for procurement professionals to learn from each other about specific topics.


        SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT

        Social Return on Investment is an evaluation methodology that the city applies to all tenders above a value of 200.000€. A contract clause is included in tenders that determines a percentage of the contract value (5%) that the contractor uses to support people with a distance to the workforce into more stable employment. The contractor commits to doing so in a provable way.

        SPP SECTORS

        CLEANING SERVICES

        When contracting cleaning services the City of Haarlem opts for day cleaning. Day cleaning allows the cleaning staff to better integrate work and private life, instead of working early or late hours. When awarding a contract the City asked bidders to submit a video showing how they would interact with city employees when cleaning their desks, giving an idea of how they would approach this task in a creative way.

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        FURTHER INFORMATION

        For further information on the activities of Haarlem visit their website:

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        or email procurement@iclei.org 

        PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

        Urban Agenda for the EU: Public Procurement

        Developing and implementing ambitious procurement strategies as an integrated and supportive management tool for governance.

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