#WeBuySocialEU is a project commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) to promote the use of social considerations in public procurement procedures. AEIDL is partnering with ICLEI.
The project has two main objectives:
- Collect good practice cases on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) across the EU and beyond
- Raise awareness about SRPP among public authorities and encourage social economy enterprises to engage with public procurement.
The publication "Making socially responsible public procurement work – 71 good practice cases" is available here. 71 cases from 27 countries are presented in this collection, from 22 Member States plus 5 non-EU countries. As the application of SRPP varies across Member States, the cases range from entry-level/beginner level, through to intermediate and advanced. They address a diverse selection of products and services, as well as encompassing all aspects and phases of public procurement (including the pre and post-tendering phases) and a broad range of public buyers, ranging from local governments to central purchasing bodies and hospitals.
Sectors covered by this collection include: cleaning services; construction; food and catering services; furniture; gardening services; healthcare; information and communication technology; social services; textiles; plus transport, mobility and waste. You can read the individual fiches of the case studies, divided by sector, here.
A document answering 15 Frequently asked questions on socially responsible public procurement was published in January 2021 on the European Commission website and is available for download here.
Four fully animated videos were created in English and French for the #WeBuySocialEU campaign. The videos are available on DG Grow’s YouTube channel. Click on the language of your preference to watch them:
- Video 4 features Rotterdam and #Rzgów #WeBuySocialEU cases: English
Four other animations were also designed for the campaign to be published on social media:
- Animation 1: the entry points for social economy enterprises to participate in procurement procedures
- Animation 2: the combination of social and environmental criteria for the acquisition of soup for the most deprived in Belgium
- Animation 3: the use of social clauses and reserved contracts for cleaning services of buildings of the European Commission
- Animation 4: the policies and actions to promote gender equality through public procurement by the city of Vienna
On 23 February, AEIDL co-organised a webinar with Social Economy Europe focusing on how social economy enterprises could benefit from public procurement. The recorded webinar is available on AEIDL's Facebook page here.