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Malmö is the commercial centre of southern Sweden and an international city. It has a population of 300,000 people, an attractive business environment and a multicultural community. In recent years Malmö has received many international awards for its focus on sustainable city development and pilot projects. Malmö was also appointed the first Fairtrade City of Sweden.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is:

  • An association of over 1,200 local governments that represents the interests of local authorities within the United Nations and at international policy forums.

  • A movement driving positive change on a global scale through programmes and campaigns on local sustainability.

  • A resource centre offering information, tools, networking, training and consulting services.

ICLEI has been working on sustainable procurement for over 15 years - helping support public authorities in implementation, spreading awareness of the concept, developing new approaches, and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

ICLEI is a member of the European Commission’s GPP EU-27 Advisory Group chaired by The European Commission's DG Environment, the  United Nations Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement and is a cofounder and Vice-Chair of the Internal Green Purchasing Network (IGPN).  We are involved in a variety of SPP initiatives and projects, hold events on SPP and co-ordinate networking activities:

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The European Commission is the European Union's executive body and represents the interests of the Union as a whole, as opposed to the interests of individual countries. Through its Enterprise and Industry Directorate General, the Commission supports the public procurement of innovative solutions and lends its support to the EcoProcura conference.


ECOPOL – Accelerating eco-innovation policies

ECOPOL is a transnational public partnership that aims to accelerate the implementation of eco-innovation policies across Europe. ECOPOL identifies and tests efficient tools for implementing eco-innovation policies in European, national and regional level. Its main focus areas are Green Public Procurement as powerful demand-side instrument, Waste & Recycling as a sector with very high CO2 footprint and high potential for business creation, and Internationalisation as means to boost the growth of eco-innovators.

Under those thematic areas, ECOPOL will:

  • Identify and analyse promising eco-innovation practices and instruments, and promote them to the policy makers.

  • Launch new pilot implementation actions in the partnering countries.

  • Develop recommendations for the implementation of better eco-innovation policies and instruments.

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IDH accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front running multinationals, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders. Through convening public and private interests, strengths and knowledge, IDH programs help create shared value for all partners. This will help make sustainability the new norm and will deliver impact on the Millennium Development goals.

The Baltic GPP Project aims at increasing the level and uptake of the green public procurement in the entire Baltic Sea Region. The Swedish partner of the project is SEMCo.

The Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo) contributes to sustainable development by supporting companies and public organisations and offering guidance in the field of Green Public Procurement (GPP), environmental management and the use of environmentally-related product information. This includes awareness-raising among politicians and decision-makers, education and information, and elaborating and developing GPP criteria. SEMCo is one of the main actors in the implementation of the Swedish Government’s Action Plan for Green Public Procurement 2007-2009.

TCO Development is the company behind TCO Certified, the third party ecolabel for high performance ICT products that are also designed for minimal environmental impact. Since 1992 the TCO certification program has had a significant influence on improved image quality and ergonomics for displays, as well as the reduction of energy use and electromagnetic emissions from ICT products. Energy efficiency and reduced usage of hazardous substances are also key aspects in the TCO Certification today and since 2009 criteria for social responsibility are part of the certification program. Products covered by the TCO Certification program are computers, displays, headsets and projectors. TCO Certified makes it easy to choose technology designed for high usability, environment and social responsibility.

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The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Production and Consumption (CSCP) provides scientific support to activities undertaken by UNEP and other organisations in the field of SCP. This support includes the development, testing, implementation and monitoring of concrete projects, especially in developing countries, which enables these countries to leapfrog to sustainable consumption and production patterns using life cycle thinking and regional perspectives as guiding principles.

The Committee of the Regions is the European Union's assembly of regional and local elected representatives with 344 members from the 27 EU countries and 6 commissions covering different policy areas. The Committee attaches great importance to the possibility of realising through public procurement objectives relating to innovation, social inclusion, sustainability and the environment. The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion based on the Commission proposal.

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) works to promote a united Europe that is based on local and regional self-government and democracy. It endeavours to shape the future of Europe by enhancing local and regional contribution to influence European law and policy, to exchange experience at local and regional level and to cooperate with partners in other parts of the world.

The European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review is an international quarterly peer-reviewed journal that provides the reader with detailed coverage of all significant legal and policy developments in the Procurement and PPP areas across the European Union and beyond in the form of articles, case-law annotations, country reports and more. Procurement procedures and Public-Private Partnerships are two major legal and policy instruments of public sector management which link the public and private sectors and provide for the procedural and substantive interactions which are necessary for the effective and efficient delivery of public services.

The International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN) is an organisation which promotes Green Purchasing around the globe by coordinating those who take the initiative in implementing Green Purchasing toward sustainable consumption and production. The network consists of international organisations, local authorities and NGOs.

ITC International Labour Organisation is committed to assist countries in their social and economic development, so as to foster certain world labour standards. The ITC is currently running more than 450 programmes and projects for a total of around 11,000 people from over 180 countries each year.

The purpose of inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic Council of Ministers is to work toward joint Nordic solutions that have tangible positive effects – Nordic synergies – for the citizens of the individual Nordic countries. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have been members of the Nordic Council of Ministers since 1971. In addition, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland have also increased their representation and position in the Nordic Council of Ministers, with the same representation as the above mentioned countries.

The Regional Environmental Center (REC) for Central and Eastern Europe is an international organisation with the objective of assisting in the solution of environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe. The REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation of environmental stakeholders, supporting free exchange of information and promoting public participation in environmental decision making.

The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is a US based national network of procurement-related professionals dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing, officially founded in 2005. With a vision of promotion of best practices, efficiency and purchasing it aims to maximise environmental stewardship, protect human health, and support local and global sustainability.

The United Nations Environmental Programme is the UN voice for the environment. Within its activities, the UNEP is a main actor for advocacy, education and facilitator, promoting the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To ensure its global effectiveness UNEP supports six regional offices, plus a growing network of centres of excellence as well as promoting and hosting environmental conventions and conferences.

The Union of the Baltic Cities is a voluntary, proactive network mobilising the shared potential of over 100 member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.