Webinar on Human Rights and Sustainable Procurement: Emerging Good Practices and Lessons Learned

On 19 October 2016, the Learning Lab organized co-organized a webinar with the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Cities and Lifestyles Unit on the topic of human rights and sustainable procurement.

The webinar can be viewed here.

Webinar Background Information and Objectives

Human rights are a key dimension of sustainable development, as highlighted by the recently adopted 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Given its scale within the overall economy, public procurement has a big role to play in promoting production and service delivery that respect the human rights of workers, service users, and communities.  Yet in the past human rights have often been under-emphasised in sustainable procurement efforts.

The objectives of the webinar are to:

  • Highlight human rights as material risks affecting public supply chains for goods such as electronics, apparel, food, and services such as healthcare and security
  • Introduce participants to new standards, guidance, and tools on human rights and public procurement
  • Identify emerging good practices and lessons learned from recent practitioner experiences of integrating human rights safeguards.

This webinar is organized in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns (10YFP on SPP).


Claire Methven O’Brien, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Nicole Vander Meulen, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Andy Davies, London Universities Purchasing Consortium

Pauline Gothberg, Swedish County Councils

Kathryn Schwenn, City of Madison Finance Department