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Networks and initiatives


Procura + Campaign

Procura+ is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing Sustainable Procurement – and help promote their achievements. The Campaign was established in 2004 by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to help drive the mainstreaming of sustainable public procurement. Through participating in the Campaign, public authorities can contribute to a growing international movement and help bring about real change on the market. 

A range of guidance and resources for implementing SPP are available on the website, including detailed purchasing criteria for six product groups (buses, cleaning products & services, electricity, food & catering services, IT products, building construction & renovation) a manual for SPP implementation and a collection of best practice case studies.

Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre

The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre is a one-stop access point for procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre contains key knowledge on how to effectively undertake sustainable procurement. Get the latest news and events on sustainable procurement, take advantage of networking opportunities and tap into an extensive searchable database of procurement criteria; policies and strategies; tools and guidance; good practice case studies, projects and initiatives; studies and reports; ecolabels and other labels and useful links.

The Procurement Forum

The Procurement Forum is the best known virtual umbrella platform for activities in the field of public procurement and related topics of international importance such as sustainability and innovation. Consip, the Italian procurement agency, is responsible for the first and largest network on the platform, named EU PP Learning Lab. The Dutch expertise centre PIANOo and ICLEI are facilitating the overall platform. The platform supports a number of groups working on GPP, SPP and related topics. 

Public Procurement Network 


PPN is a co-operation network of public procurement expert officials, dedicated to European companies taking part in procurement procedures in other countries of the network. It involves all EU Member States, EU candidate countries, EEA Members and Switzerland.

Nordic Council

The Nordic Council is the official inter-parliamentary body in the Nordic Region. Political discussions are held with members of the governments of the five Nordic countries and the three autonomous territories at the annual Session of the Nordic Council. 

The Nordic Council has a working group focusing on Green Public Procurement and was the first body to initiate the development of international common criteria for GPP. The Council published several brochures and guidelines in English - among them is A good buy! , aimed at local politicians, public sector managers, and procurement officers.

Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the most ambitious initiative engaging signatory cities to go beyond the EU’s energy and climate goals and curb their CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020 via energy efficiency and renewable energy actions. Within the year following adhesion to the Covenant, the signatories submit their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) describing how they intend to reach the objectives. Since the Covenant commitments concern the whole geographical area of the city/town/region, the SEAP should include actions concerning both the public and private sectors. 


EUROCITIES is a network of more than 140 European cities in over 30 European countries.

Its Working Group ‘Greening the Local Economy’ deals with strategies, instruments and tools for improvement of environmental performance in business, particularly in small and medium sized enterprises – including GPP.

Energy Cities

Energy Cities (formerly Energie-Cités) is an association of close to 200 European local authorities in 30 countries, aiming at the promotion of local sustainable energy policies.

Build up

BUILD UP is the European web portal for energy efficiency in buildings. It encourages building professionals, public authorities and owners of buildings to share their knowledge on how to cut energy consumption in buildings. 


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Through the Sustainable United Nations Programme, the UN has implemented sustainability considerations across many of its operations, including procurement. The  Buying for a Better World guide sets out the approach and criteria applied by the UN.  With a view to addressing the many barriers facing SPP implementation, UNEP has launched, in cooperation with a number of Governments and international organizations, an International Sustainable Public Procurement initiative (SPPI) at the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012. This international collaborative effort seeks to promote worldwide implementation of SPP through increased cooperation between key stakeholders and a better understanding of its potential benefits and impacts. The UNEP-led SPPI  is formally applying to become the official SPP Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP on SCP) which aims at enhancing international cooperation to support regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards SCP.  In addition, UNEP is implementing a project on Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling (SPPEL) since April 2013 which builds on the foundation laid by UNEP's work in the field of SPP and Ecolabelling. The project is supported by the European Commission, China and the Republic of Korea. More specifically, the project aims at providing capacity developing and technical assistance to public and private sectors on the development of SPP policies and use of ecolabelling. Target countries are also assisted in the coordinated implementation of SPP policies and ecolabelling.  

The International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN)

The IGPN is an organisation which promotes Green Purchasing around the globe by coordinating those who take the initiative in implementing Green Purchasing toward sustainable consumption and production. The network consists of international organizations, businesses, governmental organizations, local authorities and NGOs.

The Global Compact

Global Compact is a voluntary initiative that asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. These values can be considered as general guidelines to be applied to the entire procurement process. 

Interagency Working Group on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement

An initiative started by multilateral development banks, United Nations organisations and a variety of non-governmental organisations.

International Trade Centre

The International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO) provides a Compendium of Public Procurement Systems that identifies key aspects of existing and future legal provisions affecting the degree of transparency and effectiveness of legal frameworks for government procurement. 

WTO public procurement

This site provides an overview of WTO activities in the area of public procurement.