Sustainable Procurement - The Power of Public and Private Consumption for an Inclusive Green Economy

January, 2015

The book entitled ‘Sustainable Procurement: The Power of Public and Private Consumption for an Inclusive Green Economy’, produced by the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) at Getulio Vargas Foundation, in partnership with ICLEI – International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives/South America Secretariat (SAMS), is the result of combining the knowledge and consolidating the experiences from both institutions on sustainable institutional procurement.

The background for this work are the Public Sustainable Procurement Guide ('Guia de Compras Públicas Sustentáveis') editions, which present many ICLEI experiences with the Procura+ campaign, an international landmark on 'sustainable public procurement', and the methodology that fostered advancements and refl ections about the role of public authorities as a large consumer and sustainability driver. Also, GVces experiences with supply management in large corporations and the willingness to better understand synergies between the public and the business sector when it comes to sustainable procurement.

Under the umbrella of the concept of inclusive green economy, a new development model was proposed, then renewed in 2012 during the United Nations Conference known as Rio+20. GVces and ICLEI teams, along with journalist Sergio Adeodato, elaborated this work, aimed at institutions C-level management, their corresponding managers and buyers, as well as researchers in the area. Written in a journalistic language, still preserving the academic rigor, the text is lighthearted and inspiring, and its greatest goal emerges: to guide policies and foster sustainable institutional procurement practices.

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