Elena Shadrina Took Part in Paris Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement
In the middle of October UN Environment held a workshop “Revision of the Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines”. Elena Shadrina, Associate Professor of the HSE-Perm’s School of Management, took part in the workshop as an expert.
Elena Shadrina, candidate of economic sciences, Associate Professor of the HSE-Perm’s School of Management, Head of the Centre for Private-Public Interactions, is an expert in sustainable public procurement, an advisor of UN Environment on introduction of sustainable procurement in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus; she carries out research on sustainable procurement in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia; she is also one of the contractors in analysis of introduction of sustainable procurement in Moscow and one of the developers of environmental criteria for public procurement in Moscow. The topic of sustainable public procurement is integrated in educational Master’s course on public procurement.
About sustainable public procurement:
Today the society undertakes to carry out sustainable development in order that contemporary production and consumption as well as human behaviour made it possible to save the planet for the future generations. The problem of sustainability includes three main aspects: solution of social issues, economic development and taking care of the environment.
Public procurement is one of the efficient tools which allow the society to support sustainable development, to take care of the environment and to solve social issues. Nowadays more than 60 countries apply sustainable public procurement. Nevertheless, for many states using such procurement is a new practice, they have just started their way towards sustainable procurement. In order to help these countries to introduce the principles of sustainability in existing national procurement systems, the UNEP (today - UN Environment) has developed a set of methods for introduction of sustainable procurement, which was issued in 2012 in form of Guidelines on introduction of sustainable public procurement.
The Guidelines include all stages of creation and introduction of sustainable public procurement in a country from forming an idea and a strategy of public procurement to introduction of sustainability principles into the procurement practice. Dozens of countries all over the world started to introduce sustainable public procurement using these guidelines. During five years of its utilization the experience was accumulated, the recommended methods were trialed, successful and unsuccessful examples of its using were received.
In order to review the provisions of the 2012 Guidelines on introduction of sustainable public procurement, a workshop was held.
During two days experts and advisors in sustainable procurement from 12 countries were working on the existing Guidelines. They discussed how the Guidelines work in practice, what problems arise in introduction of sustainable public procurement. Both positive and negative examples from different countries were considered. The workshop was very intensive, it included work in groups, individual work and a collective brainstorm. In the end of the workshop more than one hundred proposals were formulated on modifying the existing Guidelines on introduction of sustainable public procurement.
We kindly remind you that on 27-28 November the third international research workshop “Public-private interaction for sustainable development” will take place at HSE-Perm. The topic of sustainable procurement is included in the programme. We invite you to the workshop.