INTEREST GROUPS

 

WHAT ARE INTEREST GROUPS?

Interest Groups bring together participants who wish to collaborate on a specific sustainable procurement topic of common interest.

These could be broad topics such as market engagement or circular procurement, or could be sector specific topics such as effective procurement of organic school catering or energy efficient ICT.   

 

HOW DO INTEREST GROUPS WORK?

Interest groups will primarily co-operate through phone/web meetings and email. If there is interest, face-to-face meetings can also be arranged.

Contact ICLEI for more details on how Interest Groups can work. Guidelines for Interest Groups are available upon request.  


HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

You need to be a Participant or Strategic Partner of the Procura+ Network.  Interest Groups can be facilitated by Procura+ Participants, who will receive a 50% discount on their Procura+ participant fee.

If your authority is interested in starting an Interest Group, or would like to join an existing Interest Group, approach ICLEI by email, or complete this online form.

INTEREST GROUPS: THE BASICS

    • Three or more participants with a common interest or problem to solve
    • An Interest Group facilitator, responsible for:

      • Identifying common Interest Group aim
      • Organising at least two telephone and/or web meetings per year
      • Updating the Procura+ Network on group exchanges and actions

    • A typical  period of one to two years, with no more than two days per year required for participation


      Procura+ Interest Group on Socially Responsible Public Procurement of ICT

      Why socially responsible public procurement of ICT?

      This Interest Group aims to support public authorities in procuring information and communication technology (ICT) products in ways that improve the social responsibility of ICT supply chains. Public authorities have the power to use procurement to create better working conditions and protect the rights of workers and communities by purchasing products that have been procured in a socially responsible manner. Learn more here.


       

      Associated Interest Groups

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      Big Buyers Initiative

      What is the Big Buyers about?

      The Big Buyers is a European Commission Initiative for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement. By working together cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact. The initiative presents a compelling opportunity to engage with other public authorities across Europe and to shape new innovative solutions to your procurement needs. Learn more here.

      Three Interest Groups join forces to build capacity on shared procurement approaches, criteria and messages to the market to drive strategic change. Learn more below: