Dr. Ama Eyo Ignites International Procurement Conference
Earlier this summer Dr Ama Eyo was part of a Panel of Discussants tasked with exploring the impacts of social considerations in Public Procurement at the “Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing” conference, held on 4th and 5th May 2017 at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
She also delivered a paper on Sustainable Procurement and Developing Countries – case studies on corruption challenges from selected African countries.
On 4-5 May 2017 Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) hosted a two-day international conference at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, where researchers from the CSR Legal Research Network, the SMART project and other renowned specialists discuss timely developments relating to the field of procurement, sustainability and CSR.
The global value of public procurement spending is enormous. Just the OECD countries alone spend a total of €1000 billion per year. In the EU over 250 000 public authorities each year spend around 14-19% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and supplies. In many sectors such as energy, transport, waste management, social protection and the provision of health or education services, public authorities are the principal buyers. Within specific industry sectors, the sheer scale of public procurement spending and their supplier selection decisions, can literally create and shape a market and impact lives of citizens across the country at large.
These days, public procurement is no longer just about buying the cheapest possible supplies or services. Instead, the new sustainable procurement is understood as a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a lifetime basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.
The sustainability agenda has been broadly discussed by the European Union in regards to promotion of green and socially conscious governmental contracting. However, due to deficiency in regulating legislation, administrative pressures and lack of training, sustainable procurement methodology, coupled with the lack of accountability on CSR policies, is not used as often as desired.
Publication date: 31 July 2017