Introducing Ethics - Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)
Introducing Ethics – Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)
The Canadian Fair Trade Network is calling for the Government of Canada to incorporate purchasing of Fairtrade Certified products as a best practice implementation strategy for achieving the SMARTGreen Procurement Targets in Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).
As Canadians we have a responsibility to ensure that global trade advances the social, environmental and economic well-being of people and communities around the world. Currently, this responsibility is shared by public institutions and cities across Canada which are committed to purchasing Fairtrade Certified products as part of sustainable development strategies. Building upon these efforts, we are asking for the Government of Canada to incorporate Fairtrade Certified products as part of its Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. This would mean that Canada would be committed to addressing child labour, and tackling global poverty within its public procurement practices.
This advocacy effort was developed in partnership with the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition and was one of three policy recommendations that were presented at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20). Thus far, 8000 Canadians were reached on behalf of We Canada, a civil society group who held dialogues and toured across the country in seeking Canadian leadership at Rio+20.
In 2013, the FSDS will be open to public consultation and The Canadian Fair Trade Network will be submitting its policy recommendations to the Government of Canada.
For further reading:
- Policy Brief
- UNCSD Zero Draft Submission - Nov 2011
- CFTN and Canadian Earth Summit Coalition Policy Recommendation
- Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS)
- Petition to the Office of the Auditor General Canada – Dec 2011
- Petition Response from DFAIT - April 2012
- Petition Response from PWGSC - May 2012
- Rio+20 Hon. Peter Kent - June 2012
- Reply to the Honourable Rona Ambrose (PWGSC) - July 2012
- FSDS Public Consultation