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Business and Human Rights: journal article

The State as a Buyer

Ezgi Uysal

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 16 (2021), Issue 1, Page 52 - 64

Under the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs), states are advised to be in a commercial relationship with economic actors that are considerate of their human rights influence. Given the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on procurement, public authorities can use their leverage to add social considerations into the procurement process. This article sets out whether public authorities can use their leverage to invite businesses to respect human rights as provided with the UNGPs. After providing an overview of the UNGPs and the EU approach, this article analyses the EU Public Procurement Directive adopted in 2014 which has promoted sustainability concerns with the use of green and socially responsible public procurement. It then establishes, that although prescribed under the Guiding Principles, the EU regime does not always allow human rights concerns to be integrated into the procurement. Keywords: UNGPs; business and human rights; public procurement; sustainability

Non-legal Barriers to Sustainable Public Procurement in Poland journal article

Beata Faracik

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 13 (2018), Issue 3, Page 184 - 197

Despite many efforts being put in the recent years into the reform of the public procurement legislation both at the European and national level in Poland, the increase in the use of sustainable public procurement is disproportionally low. This article looks therefore at the non-legal barriers that affect the use of the sustainable public procurement (including, although not exclusively social clauses, green clauses), based on the research conducted in Poland. It concludes with suggestions of possible solutions and role of non-state actors in stimulating the use of Sustainable Public Procurement. Keywords: Sustainable public procurement; Social clauses; Non-legal barriers; Human rights; Poland.

Human Rights in Public Procurement journal article

Protecting them Properly?

Ragnhild Lunner

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 13 (2018), Issue 3, Page 198 - 206

The increased focus on sustainability in public procurement is reflected in the revised EU public procurement directives from 2014. However, even though the EU lawmakers have underlined the importance of enabling smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, and aspired to provide a tool box for contract authorities who would like to do so, the lack of clear guidance may lead to the scope of action not being used. It may even impede contracting authorities from taking human rights issues and sustainable development into account when procuring goods, services and works. This article analyses some of the developments and innovations in the public procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, hereunder technical specifications, life-cycle costing and exclusion, with the aim of commenting on obstacles and opportunities with regards to promoting human rights through the public procurement process. Keywords: Public procurement; Human rights; Life-cycle cost; Technical specifications; Fair trade

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Danish Public Procurement journal article

Marta Andrecka

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 12 (2017), Issue 3, Page 333 - 345

The new EU Procurement Directives reinforced the importance of sustainable development by facilitating the strategic use of public procurement to achieve broader societal goals and as such offer significant new opportunities for sustainable public procurement. The task of today is to better understand the continuously developing concepts of SPP, as well as to identify the drivers and barriers that promote or hinder its further implementation. This article firstly deals with the relationship between the concepts of sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and public procurement. Secondly, as Denmark has been known as a pioneer in sustainable development, including implementation of it in public purchasing this article focuses on recent developments in the areas of CSR and sustainable public procurement in Denmark, and analyses relevant Danish Public Procurement Complaints Board decisions.

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