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OECD Recommendation

Recognise that any use of the public procurement system to pursue secondary policy objectives should be balanced against the primary procurement objective.  


  • Evaluate the use of public procurement as one method of pursuing secondary policy objectives in accordance with clear national priorities.
  • Develop an appropriate strategy for the integration of secondary policy objectives in public procurement systems.
  • Employ appropriate impact assessment methodology to measure the effectiveness of procurement in achieving secondary policy objectives.



Risks to public procurement related to balance include:

  • Balancing secondary policy objectives against the primary procurement objective (delivering goods and services necessary to accomplish government mission in a timely, economical and efficient manner)
  • The lack of data or appropriate methodologies to measure the impact of public procurement strategies and policies to address secondary policy objectives
  • The absence of legal requirements, the insufficient incentives and the lack of financial/human resources to measure the effects of strategies and policies to address secondary policy objectives

Related Tools

Checklist for Implementing the Balance Principle


General tool

Country Cases

Sustainable green growth

Development of small and medium-sized enterprises


Supporting gender equality




Human rights, responsible business conduct and social procurement