Public Institution Procurement

Public procurement is a powerful tool for public institutions to increase the demand of sustainable products and services.

Purchasers can use Fair Trade as a practical way to progressively make their public purchasing in line with the SDGs. Fair Trade offers better trading conditions for, and secures the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Trading terms offered by Fair Trade buyers enable producers and workers to maintain a sustainable livelihood which not only meets day-to-day needs for economic, social and environmental well-being but that also enables improved conditions in the future.

What can public institutions do?

  • Introduce a Fair Trade public procurement policy, which:
    • Mandates the use of Fair Trade products in offices and all management food service outlets. Consider including public festivals, fairs, and other local initiatives
    • Contains commitments for specific Fair Trade products and timescales
    • States how the commitment to Fair Trade will be enforced and how relevant staff will be given appropriate training
  • Create a local taskforce for sustainable procurement that includes experts on Fair Trade, but also international social justice, local employment, inclusion, environment and climate, local economic development, and procurement to ensure a holistic approach to sustainable development in the procurement policy.
  • Partner with local Fair Trade actors (producers, organizations and/or civil society) to organize awareness raising and capacity building initiatives that encourage and assist procurers to include Fair Trade criteria in procurement.
  • Join networks that promote sustainable public procurement to stay up-to-date on examples of good practice and policy initiatives that support sustainable procurement and Fair Trade



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