The City of Malmö, in the southernmost province of Scania, is Sweden's third largest city. The City of Malmö hosted the EcoProcura 2012 conference and has a keen interest in environmental, social and innovative aspects of public procurement.
The City of Malmö has a commitment to purchasing organic and locally produced food, using procurement to phase out hazardous substances, improving recycling methods and stimulating innovation through its Environment Programme. It has also established a Code of Conduct for suppliers in conjunction with other Swedish Municipalities to try and ensure compliance with decent labour standards throughout the supply chain.
Malmö are part of the ENIGMA FP7 Project, which aims to implement a joint transnational pre-commercial procurement (PCP) procedure in the field of public lighting. Coordinated by the city of Eindhoven, the project’s partner municipalities cooperate on procuring innovation and testing in a real life environment the technologies that their commercial subcontractors develop.
A new job model has been introduced as a tool in public procurement to prevent unregistered, illegitimate labour, which follows Swedish and European law. Contractors are obliged to make sure that no illegitimate labour is being used during the process and that the employees work under good social conditions. Employees from a trade union (necessarily from a different sector) are involved as independent consultants for supervision and monitoring of workplaces. In the pilot project, social criteria have been defined requiring contractors to employ 1-2 people during the contract period who have been long-term unemployed.
In 2013 an internal diagnosis of the Buy Recycled Network was conducted to identify strengths and weaknesses. A plan for future actions to improve the Network was created and an internal process of redesigning the network undertaken to extend its reach and provide it with new tools.
The city policy is that all food purchased should be organic by 2020. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from food procurement should be reduced by 40 % by 2020, compared to the 2002 level, which was 13,360 ton CO₂-equivalents. In 2006 Malmö became Sweden's first certified Fairtrade City, and, for example, has increased its internal purchase of ethically certified coffee from 0.5 % in 2006 to 60 % in 2012.