RÉSEAU GRAND OUEST

OVERVIEW

SPP IN RGO

Since its founding in 2006, the network “Réseau Grand Ouest - Public Procurement and Sustainable Development” (RGO) unites communities willing to introduce social and environmental requirements in their procurement policy. It includes hundreds of public authorities from the regions Low-Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes and Limousin, Indre-et-Loire, and other public legal entities. 


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    • Publication of guidance and best practice reports from working groups in multiple product and service categories
    • SPP helpdesk for all members to use for tender advice and other requirements
    • Series of market engagement events in which network members meet suppliers together to strengthen the demand for sustainable products and services.

     

      2013

      Date joined

      3

      Employees

      100

      Members

      CONTACT

      Laurence Cesbron

      Head of Administration, Finance and European Relations

      WEBSITE (French)

       

      More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

      IN ACTION

      SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

      The main priority of the network is helping the participants (the public authorities) to integrate social and sustainable criteria in procurement. RGO’s overall goal is to stimulate exchange of good practice and knowledge between its members. Members of RGO pool resources and share expertise on the implementation of sustainable procurement policies, the integration of sustainable development in public procurement, and the evolution of offers of “responsible” products and services.


      REGIONAL NETWORKING OBJECTIVES

      The objectives of the Network are to:

      • Create a common culture among members of the Réseau Grand Ouest (RGO) in the field of sustainable development through responsible purchasing
      • Assist decision makers in their purchasing policies on technical and legal aspects,
      • Pooling and sharing experiences
      • Create a dynamic exchange, motivate and stimulate the interest of stakeholders
      • Know and learn about strands of business, labels and suppliers
      • Establish partnerships with suppliers to structure tenders
      • Develop information and optimise skills
      • Be the link between local, national and international initiatives for proposals and as a source of information
      • Promote sustainable development through responsible procurement in public procurement

      PROCUREMENT TRAINING

      An average of two three-day training sessions on public procurement are held in partnership with the ADEME per year.


      GUIDELINES AND MATERIALS

      At the end of each working group period, a guide on good practice (circa 100 pages) is published which also contains legal recommendations on sustainable criteria that can be directly used by other members or municipalities. During the working groups there are meetings during which minutes are taken and later   reports written. These reports are then available to members who can use the resources (criteria, experience, sections of code, etc.) until the final guide is written and published.


      SPP HELPDESK

      RGOs core activity is about giving advice. Participants can ask for guides, models of tenders, or if RGO has already worked on issues, etc. Applications are increasingly numerous.


      JOINT PROCUREMENT ACTIVITIES

      R.G.O. had a working group on "Grouping Orders (joint procurement)" (2010-2011) and the city of Angers and Angers Loire Métropole are leading a joint procurement for fairtrade coffee.


      ONLINE PLATFORM FOR EXCHANGE

      A discussion forum on the private part of the RGO website offers members a chance to ask questions about procurement topics and receive support in specific tenders. For example, if a participant is planning launch a tender and wants to know more information on best practice, they can ask on the forum.


      MARKET ENGAGEMENT

      For each working group, a meeting with suppliers is held in order to discuss challenges, such as legal and supply issues. The goal is to lobby suppliers to adopt sustainable public procurement as well as to discuss their work. RGO considers it important to know the market and the supply and to know the difficulties faced by suppliers to respond to tenders. The meeting is an exchange with suppliers selected by the working group. Questions are asked about their environmental efforts, Corporate Social Responsibility and other sustainability issues.


      MONITORING AND REPORTING NETWORK ACTIVITES

      Monitoring and reporting of the network activities includes both an analysis of time spent and an annual activity report. RGO uses a reporting tool to analyse time spent by employees in the different network activities. Additionally, RGO prepares an annual activity report which includes all activities, such as number of meetings, existing working groups, and tools and materials developed.

      SPP SECTORS

      Working Groups

      Working groups are the network's flagship activity. Themes of past, present and future working groups are:

      • Integrating criteria for quantification of gas emissions greenhouse effect (2007-2008, 2012)
      • Textiles (2007-2008, 2011-2013)
      • Cleaners (2007-2008, 2013 - )
      • Integration of products from organic agriculture in catering (2009-2010)
      • Establishment of a policy of sustainable procurement (2009-2010)
      • Wood / Furniture (2009-2010)
      • Vehicles / Mobility (2010-2011)
      • Grouping Commands (2010-2011)
      • Impressions (2011-2012)
      • Construction and building (2011-2013)
      • Intellectual services and sustainable development (2012 - )
      • Energy (2014 - )
      • Indicators (2013 - )

      Promoting good practice

      Since joining the Procura+ campaign, R.G.O. has been trying to promote good practices in Europe, for instance the network had relations with the city of Ghent in the framework of the group on cleaning products, where Ghent shared an experience with probiotics.

      Best practice examples

      As part of guidance published, RGO has many examples of best practices for each topic covered in working groups. Examples include:  

      • In a framework for purchasing photocopying paper, the City of Cognac included 30% environmental criteria in the tender.
      • The city of Lorient introduced organic products in school catering implementing a quality approach that includes environmental, regional, respect of procurement code, producer-to-consumer, and customer satisfaction considerations.
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      KEY DOCUMENTS

      FURTHER INFORMATION

      For further information on the activities of Reseau Grand Ouest visit their website:

      Website (French)

      or email procurement@iclei.org 

      PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

      SPP REGIONS

      Regional networks for sustainable procurement.

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