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Sustainable public procurement

The public sector has a powerful role to play in increasing the demand for sustainably and fairly produced products. As a large scale consumer of a wide variety of products, the public sector can create significant leverage to bring about structural improvements on human rights and environmental conditions in the electronics, garment and textile industries. We advocate for adoption of socially responsible and sustainable public procurement policies, conduct research on implementation of such policies, and document best practices. We advise public institutions in the Netherlands on operationalising the Dutch government’s policy for socially responsible public procurement. We are a co-founder and board member of Electronics Watch, an independent monitoring organisation working to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry through socially responsible public purchasing in Europe.

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