The recent changes in the public procurement regulations have resulted in greater clarity concerning the rules on social and environmental aspects.
Social aspects can now also be taken into account in certain circumstances (in addition to environmental aspects which have previously been allowed)
In practice this could mean including specifications for design work to contain accessibility for people with disabilities, compliance with applicable social legislation such as current employment law and adherence to labour law obligations. (Regulation 42).
Environmental aspects are already considered in the majority of tenders and usually focus on expected environmental performance levels, sustainability issues and any applicable environmental legislation
Buyers will now be able to reserve procurement procedures to encourage social inclusion Continue reading “Social and environmental factors in the new regulations – How will they impact buyers?”