Procura+ 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.   

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.

The group will undertake and share experiences on initiatives related to socially responsible public procurement of ICT, with objectives to:

  • Develop and share tailored procurement approaches for socially responsible ICT procurement, including technical specifications, award criteria and contract performance clauses.
  • Explore opportunities to engage with suppliers in order to send stronger signals of demand for socially responsible ICT products and services.
  • Collaborate on verification methods, such as monitoring and evaluating mechanisms, for ensuring suppliers are meeting socially responsible contractual obligations.

The Interest Group will establish a way of engaging, which includes meeting remotely and envisages two physical meetings per year in 2018 and 2019.

Interested in joining the Interest Group?

Send an e-mail to expressing your interest to take part.

We are looking forward to discussing further with you in the group!


Why LCC?

To procure effectively, procurement professionals need:

  • to know the costs associated with a product, services or works
  • suitable tools to calculate the life cycle costs associated with the purchase
  • integrating LCC thinking into broader strategic and sustainable procurement policies

Dealing with these issues can be time consuming and resource intensive.

This Interest Group shared experiences and learning from each other in 2018. Discussions continue on the Procurement Forum.



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.  


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.


    • 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