Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Promoting Respect for Human Rights in the Supply Chain - the Power of Public Purchasing, Parts 1 and 2

A couple of posts that sparked a bit of controversy and attracted several reader comments this week were the articles from Andy Davies of London Universities Purchasing Consortium. He delivers his thoughts on what public purchasers can reasonably do to support and address the issues around human exploitation in the supply chain. He and his team have come up with, what some may consider, a controversial idea, which we threw open to the rest of the public sector. Part 2 is here.

Professor Sue Arrowsmith and a Bracing View of Sustainable Procurement

We attended a one-day seminar at University of Leicester Law School on Socially Sustainable Public Procurement. There was a mix of academics, procurement lawyers and procurement practitioners, that group coming largely from local government and universities. The keynote session came from Professor Sue Arrowsmith of Nottingham University , the most highly regarded academic lawyer on public sector matters in Europe, we would say. Her topic was sustainable public procurement, both the current landscape and the implications of Brexit. Here is what she had to say ...

SELECT for Cities IoE Platform Competition Launched

SELECT for Cities has launched its initiative to invite companies (not just Europe-based) to participate in a competition to develop an Internet-of-Everything (IoE) platform for open innovation in Europe. On February 9th it published the call for tenders for its Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). The envisaged platform needs to enable interaction between cities with automated testing and validation, it will have components and features that currently are not available in a single solution. So - here's what companies need to know.

 

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