What are they?
Market Engagement practices allow procurement practitioners to engage with prospective suppliers during the procurement planning stage. Provisions that allow for ongoing consultation give procurement officials the option of discussing and negotiating with suppliers during the procurement process, once the contact notice has been published. This procurement mechanism is sometimes referred to as a “Competitive Dialogue” (this is a European model that has been adopted also in Peru, and has been proposed in Chile).
How do they relate to SPP?
When implementing sustainable procurement, engaging with the market is essential to inform your decisions regarding what sustainability criteria to include in the procurement process. This will help ensure that the criteria can be met by many suppliers, without leaving out SMEs or local companies
Ensuring that there are provisions that allow for the implementation of Market Engagement practices, such as the use of Prior Information Notices (PINs) will facilitate the assessment of available sustainable alternatives in the market. This practice will inform, during the procurement planning stage, to what extent sustainability criteria can be included as technical specifications or award criteria during the procurement process. However, it is important to ensure that procurement practitioners have clarity over what constitutes compliant and effective market engagement in the context of SPP.
Ensuring that there are provisions that include open disclosure of information or ongoing dialogue during the procurement process can be especially useful for outcome-based and performance-based procurement. These types of procurement allow practitioners to set environmental and social desired outcomes and establish a dialogue with suppliers to discuss and negotiate possible solutions.