Integrating Responsible Business Conduct in Public Procurement
Society has become increasingly aware of environmental and human rights-related risks
in global supply chains in recent years. Public procurement can make a positive contribution
to economic, environmental and social progress. If not used strategically, though,
people and the planet may face more negative impacts. Meanwhile, governments and businesses
face calls to take greater responsibility for their purchasing decisions. Risk-based
supply chain due diligence can help public buyers to boost responsible business behaviour
through public procurement.
This report takes stock of current practices integrating responsible business conduct
(RBC) in public procurement and identifies possible avenues to increase the impact
of public procurement strategies to promote responsible business conduct objectives.
Based on a survey with both OECD Members and Adherents to OECD instruments on public
procurement and RBC, it covers a wide geographical range and features data focused
on responsible business conduct aspects in public procurement. The report encourages
policy makers and practitioners in public procurement and RBC to collaborate with
all relevant stakeholders, drawing on good practices from across policy areas.