Hansel aims to lead the way in responsible procurement. The importance of corporate responsibility and responsible procurement is emphasised, among other instances, in the decisions-in-principle and procurement strategy of the government.
Framework agreements offer an effective way of deploying government decisions through procurement. The volume of central procurement procedures is significant: during 2014, the Finnish state acquired products and services with a total value of around €715 million through framework agreements.
Thanks to this large volume, Hansel is able to influence the generation of new services and the development of more environmentally aware products. Hansel can have an impact on what is available on the market by incorporating CSR aspects in framework agreements and setting criteria related to the environment, for example.
Tendering processes organised by Hansel are carried out openly and fairly, in line with procurement legislation. CSR elements are taken into account at the planning and implementation stages of the tendering process, as well as during the contract period.
All suppliers of goods and services who fulfil the minimum requirements set in the call for tenders are allowed to take part in the tendering processes organised by Hansel, in line with the open procedure.
CSR aspects in the procurement process
– Procurement, lease or repair
– Paying attention to the needs of special needs groups, accessibility, reachability (“Design for all”)
– An account of the tenderer’s financial status, subcontractors, and of the environmental care actions pertaining to the service
– Documentation required by the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations
– Requirement specifications using tools such as the EU GPP toolkit, criteria for an environmental or energy label etc.
– Paying attention to the needs of special needs groups (“Design for all”)
– Additional features of a product or service that indicate responsibility when tools such as the EU GPP toolkit are applied
– Ecological product packaging, reduced carbon dioxide emissions during transport, warranty terms, pick-up and recycling of discarded materials etc.
– Compliance with the standards of ILO conventions, promoting employment opportunities, awareness of ethical trade issues, voluntary responsibility report