Guide to socially responsible public procurement

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland


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Summary :

In socially responsible public procurement, consideration is given to the impacts of the procurement process on society at large, locally, at national level and globally. This means that the price is not the only consideration in the procurement process as the positive and negative societal impacts of the object of the procurement or its production process are also taken into account. Contracting entities may take social aspects into account at different stages of the procurement process. This guide describes the options available, the requirements laid down for responsible procurement in the Act on Public Procurement and other relevant acts, and the approaches to social responsibility adopted by different contracting entities.