Resource directory
Resource directory

Resource directory

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In this section, we include information on existing Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) guidance and practice references. Available resources have been classified according to whether they provide guidance, or references, on overall SPP implementation, or focus on specific SPP practices, such as prioritizing procurement categories, or establishing an enabling framework.

Resource Directory

TitleAttachmentType of guidanceGeographic areaOrganizationYearUserSectorsLanguageSPP focusLength
EU Buying Green! - A Handbook on Green Public Procurement
Overall Implementation
Europe
European Commission
2016
Procurement TeamsNational AuthoritiesOversight Bodies
ConstructionFood and Catering ServicesBuildings
English
Environmental
80
The Procura + Manual: A Guide to Implementing Sustainable Procurement
Overall Implementation
Europe
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
2016
Procurement Teams
Food and Catering ServicesConstructionCleaning Products and Services
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
108
Green Public Procurement: An overview of green reforms in country procurement systems
Overall Implementation
GlobalEuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
World Bank Group
2021
National AuthoritiesOversight Bodies
English
Environmental
100
Green Tenders: Action Plan on Green Public Procurement
SPP Action Plan
IrelandEurope
Government of Ireland
2021
National Authorities
ConstructionEnergyTransportFood and Catering ServicesCleaning Products and Services
English
Environmental
74
Directiva de Contratación Pública N°20. Enfoque de género en materia de compras públicas
Enabling Framework
ChileLatin America and the Caribbean
ChileCompra (Government of Chile)
2015
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
Spanish
SocialEnvironmental
9
Handbook for the Inter-American Network of Government Procurement (INGP): Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement in Latin America and the Caribbean
Overall Implementation
Latin America and the Caribbean
IISD (International Institute on Sustainable Development)
2015
Oversight BodiesProcurement TeamsNational Authorities
ConstructionVehiclesIndoor LightingCleaning Products and ServicesApparelPaperAir ConditioningFurnitureOutdoor Lighting
English
EconomicEnvironmentalSocial
74
City of Cape Town Green Procurement Action Plan
SPP Action Plan
South AfricaAfrica
City of Cape Town
2021
National Authorities
English
Environmental
13
Going Green: Best Practices for Sustainable Procurement
Overall Implementation
EuropeAsia
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
2015
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
Environmental
75
Sustainable Public Procurement: How to “Wake the Sleeping Giant”! Introducing the United Nations Environment Programme’s Approach.
Overall Implementation
GlobalEuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
2021
Oversight BodiesNational AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
101
Buying Social - a guide to taking account of social considerations in public procurement (2nd edition)
Overall Implementation
Europe
European Commission
2021
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
EnglishSpanishFrenchPortuguese
Social
111
Régimen Regulatorio para el Desarrollo y Competitividad de las Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (MIPYMES)
Enabling Framework
Latin America and the CaribbeanDominican Republic
Government of the Dominican Republic
2008
National Authorities
Spanish
SocialEconomic
21
Environmentally Responsible Procurement - A Reference Guide for Better Practices
Overall Implementation
Asia
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2007
Oversight Bodies
English
Environmental
86
Socially Responsible Workwear: A guide for Public Purchasers
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
EuropeBelgium
City of Ghent
2018
Procurement Teams
Apparel
English
Social
44
Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre
Overall ImplementationSetting Sustainability Criteria
EuropeThe Netherlands
Government of The Netherlands
2021
Procurement TeamsNational Authorities
ICTEnergyConstructionFurnitureTransportBuildings
EnglishDutch
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
EU GPP Criteria
Setting Sustainability Criteria
Europe
European Commission
2022
Procurement TeamsNational Authorities
Cleaning Products and ServicesICTFood and Catering ServicesFurnitureConstructionTransportApparelElectricity
English
Environmental
Comparative Analysis of Green Public Procurement and Ecolabelling Programmes in China, Japan, Thailand, and the Republic of Korea: Lessons Learned and Common Success Factors
Ecolabels
AsiaChinaJapanThailandRepublic of KoreaEuropeAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
2017
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
Environmental
56
Terms of Reference for the SPP Policy and Action Plan Expert (UNEP)
SPP Action Plan
EuropeAsiaAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
5
Instructions for the Prioritisation Exercise (UNEP)
Prioritizing Procurement Categories
EuropeAsiaAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
11
Terms of Reference for the Legal Review Expert (UNEP)
Enabling Framework
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
4
A guide to environmental labels - for procurement practitioners of the United Nations System
Ecolabels
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services)
2009
Procurement Teams
English
Environmental
38
Green Procurement and Contracting Programme of the Basque Country 2030
SPP Action Plan
EuropeBasque Country
Basque Government
2022
National Authorities
EnglishSpanish
Environmental
62
Plan de Acción nacional para la implementación de Compras Públicas Sostenibles de Ecuador
SPP Action Plan
EcuadorLatin America and the Caribbean
Servicio Nacional de Contratación Pública
2016
National Authorities
Spanish
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
64
Plan de Acción Nacional de Compras Públicas Sustentables
SPP Action Plan
Latin America and the CaribbeanArgentina
Government of Argentina
2017
National Authorities
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
88
GPP Training Toolkit
Needs AssessmentOverall ImplementationEnabling FrameworkEngaging with the Supplier MarketImplementing SPP in Specific Sectors
Europe
European Commission
2019
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
ICTFurniturePaperCleaning Products and ServicesBuildingsApparelTransport
EnglishSpanishFrenchPortuguese
Environmental
Best Practice Report - Market Engagement
Engaging with the Supplier Market
Europe
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
2018
Procurement TeamsNational Authorities
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
24
Sustainability Clauses in Commercial Contracts: The Key to Corporate Responsibility
Translating Sustainability into Contract Obligations
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
Ecovadis
2018
Procurement TeamsNational AuthoritiesOversight Bodies
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
68
Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
RwandaAfrica
Republic of Rwanda
2019
National Authorities
BuildingsConstruction
English
Environmental
104
Sustainable Buildings and Construction in Africa
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
AfricaSouth Africa
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
2016
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
Construction
English
Environmental
72
Bill of Quantities (BOQ) Template - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
EuropeAsiaAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Procurement TeamsOversight Bodies
Construction
English
Environmental
Site Waste Management Plan Data Form
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
EuropeAsiaAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
Netregs
Procurement Teams
Construction
English
Environmental
User Guide for Procurement of Plant Design, Supply, and Installation
Implementing SPP in Specific Sectors
AsiaEuropeAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2021
Oversight BodiesProcurement Teams
ConstructionBuildings
English
Environmental
Procurement of Works: Two-Stage Open Tendering Procedure
Selecting the Right Procurement Approach
EuropeAsiaAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America and the Caribbean
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
2019
Oversight BodiesProcurement Teams
ConstructionBuildings
English
EnvironmentalEconomicSocial
Socially Responsible Public Procurement of ICT Equipment in Sweden
Implementing SPP in Specific SectorsSetting Sustainability Criteria
Europe
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
2020
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
ICT
English
Social
10
Purchasing the future you want: A sustainable IT purchasing guide
Implementing SPP in Specific SectorsSetting Sustainability Criteria
EuropeAsiaAfricaLatin America and the CaribbeanNorth America
HP Development Company
2020
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
ICT
English
EnvironmentalSocial
30
Green Flags: How open data can throw light on sustainable procurement
Monitoring Implementation
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfricaNorth America
Open Contracting Partnership (OCP)
2021
Oversight BodiesNational Authorities
English
Environmental
27
Results-Driven Contracting
Selecting the Right Procurement Approach
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfrica
Harvard Kennedy School
Procurement Teams
English
EconomicSocialEnvironmental
Serving the Citizens - Not the Bureaucracy: A Strategic Vision for City Procurement
Overall Implementation
EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanAsiaAfrica
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
2021
National AuthoritiesProcurement Teams
English
Social
64