Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

Sustainable Procurement Standard - What Really Drives An Organisation To Get Assessed

The world’s first international guidance standard for sustainable procurement best practice, ISO 20400, aims to help organisations develop and implement sustainable purchasing practices and policies. Organisations can carry out a self-assessment, or bring in independent experts, to measure how well they comply with the standard, then take steps to improve and comply more fully. The responsible procurement assessment covers policy, leadership, governance, tools, techniques, practices, to what extent they are embedded and measured, and how effective they are. But why bother? We conducted an interview with an organisation that did just that - they explain why it was so important to them and the value it brings.

The Crown Marketplace Contract - Going Amazon's Way?

Is Amazon about to win another UK government contract? The Times thinks so - “A lucrative Whitehall contract to build an Amazon-style marketplace for government departments and local councils to procure goods and services could be awarded to . . . Amazon ..." We say: simply attending a supplier day does not mean a firm is going to win the contract of course; it doesn’t even mean the firm will bid! The award of a single contract to Amazon for The Crown Marketplace is a long, long way off in our opinion. Here's why.

Government And E-Procurement: A Look At The Public Procurement Technology Symposium Case Studies

One from our US colleagues -- Governments across the world are increasingly leveraging procurement technologies. At Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology Symposium, we had four great examples of organizations implementing solutions to improve their processes. Well worth a read ...

In other news:

Despite Economic Growth Many Countries Still Cutting Back On Higher Education Spending

German Defence Procurement Feels Strain Of Unfilled Roles

Global Effectiveness At Stopping Money Laundering Stands At 32%

Focus On Sustainable Public Procurement To Help Realise Goals Of Paris Agreement

Most Slovak Citizens Unhappy With Police Efforts To Handle Corruption

Transparency International Recommends Amendments To The Law On The Road Sector

Waste Management Procurement Research



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