Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), University of Copenhagen: Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing, 4-5 May 2017

Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing

International conference

On 4-5 May 2017 Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) will host a two-day international conference at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen,  where researchers from the CSR Legal Research Network, the SMART project and other renowned specialists discuss timely developments relating to the field of procurement, sustainability and CSR.

The global value of public procurement spending is enormous. Just the OECD countries alone spend a total of €1000 billion per year. In the EU over 250 000 public authorities each year spend around 14-19% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and supplies. In many sectors such as energy, transport, waste management, social protection and the provision of health or education services, public authorities are the principal buyers. Within specific industry sectors, the sheer scale of public procurement spending and their supplier selection decisions, can literally create and shape a market and impact lives of citizens across the country at large.

These days, public procurement is no longer just about buying the cheapest possible supplies or services. Instead, the new sustainable procurement is understood as a process whereby organizations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a lifetime basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organization, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimizing damage to the environment. The sustainability agenda has been broadly discussed by the European Union in regards to promotion of green and socially conscious governmental contracting. However, due to deficiency in regulating legislation, administrative pressures and lack of training, sustainable procurement methodology, coupled with the lack of accountability on CSR policies, is not used as often as desired.

Key benefits

As a result of attending this conference participants will:

  • Understand the complexity of procurement beyond price from legal, business and sociological perspective
  • Gain knowledge regarding differentiation between sustainability and corporate social responsibility in procurement context
  • Gain an insight into how sustainable procurement considerations including CSR may be incorporated to the procurement process – best practices
  • Understand the challenges and limitations in CSR incorporations in procurement
  • Recognise the critical importance of human rights protection and anticorruption in procurement

Topics to be covered include

  • Different faces of sustainable procurement and successful case studies
  • What type of social considerations are relevant for procurement and how to include them
  • Relevance of Human Rights in procurement
  • What are the challenges, pitfalls and risks when considering CSR and other sustainability concerns in procurement

The conference Registration is now open to scholars, public sector bodies (i.e. contracting authorities) , private sector bodies (i.e. procurement managers) and other professionals with an interest in this area. See further here:


Time : 4-5 May 2017

Place: Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Organizers: CEVIA, CSR Legal Research Networkand the SMART project

Preliminary Programme of the Conference
Day 1
Time Programme
08:30 – 9:00 Arrival and registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
Professor Vibe Garf Ulfbeck, CEVIA, University of Copenhagen and
Marta Andrecka (confirmed)
9:15 – 9:45 Keynote: Sustainable Procurement 2017 – newest developments
Marzena Rogalska, Head of Strategic Procurement Unit, DG Internal
Market, European Commission (confirmed)
9:45 – 10:00 Procurement Beyond Price – What are we talking about?
Assistant Professor Marta Andrecka, CEVIA, University of Copenhagen
10:00 – 10:45 Discussion & Coffee Break
Session 1 CSR Pillar 1 – Anti Corruption
10:45 – 11:00 Professor Dacian Dragos Babes Bolyai University,(Confirmed)
11:00 – 11:15 Postdoc Alexandra Horváthová CEVIA, University of Copenhagen
11:15 – 11:30 Sustainable Procurement and Developing Countries – case studies
on corruption challenges from selected African countries
Senior Lecture Ama Eyo, Bangor University (confirmed)
11:30 – 12:00 Discussion
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Session 2 CSR Pillar 2 – Social Considerations
13:00 – 13:15 Danish experience with Fair Trade
Professor Steen Treumer, CEVIA, University of Copenhagen (confirmed)
13:15 – 13:30 Requirement of employment contract in Polish public procurement
law – a bridge too far?
Assistant Professor Piotr Bogdanowicz, Warsaw University (confirmed)
13:30 – 13:45 Social procurement under trade agreements: CETA, GPA and EU
Association Agreements
PhD student Abby Semple University of London, UK, (confirmed)
13:45 – 14:30 Discussion & Coffee Break
Session 3 CSR Pillar 3 – Human Rights
14:30 – 14:45 Modern slavery and public procurement in the UK: the experience of
local authorities
Senior Lecturer Richard Craven, Leicester University (confirmed)
14:45 – 15:00 Swedish example of the use (or not) of HR in public contracts – 3 case
Linda Scott Jakobsson procurement specialist at the NGO Swedwatch
15:00 – 15:15 Soft law and non-legal tools for Human rights implementation
Beata Faracik Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
15:15 – 16:00 Discussion & Coffee break
Session 4 CSR Pillar 4 – Environment
16:00 – 16:15 Professor Roberto Caranta, University of Turin Italy (confirmed)
16:15 – 16:30 Assistant Professor, Beatriz Martinez Romera, CEVIA, University of
Copenhagen (confirmed)
16:30 – 17:00 Discussion & closure of the day 1 of the conference
Day 2
Time Programme
08:30 – 9:00 Arrival and registration
Session 1 Liability in procured governmental contracts
9:00 – 9:15 Professor Vibe Garf Ulfbeck, CEVIA, University of Copenhagen
9:15 – 9:30 Citizens’ rights under public social service contracts – recent
developments in Finland
Senior Lecturer Kirsi-Maria Halonen, University of Lapland (confirmed)
9:30 – 10:00 Discussion & Coffee Break
Session 2 Further sustainable procurement considerations and impacts
10:15 – 10:30 Abnormally low contracts and their impacts
Professor Grith Skovgaard Ølykke, CBS (confirmed)
10:30 – 10:45 The European way to increase SME participation in procurement:
the division of contracts into lots.
prof Martin Trybus, Birmingham University (confirmed)
10:45 – 11:00 How the drive to include sustainability and social clauses in
procurement is driving us to a compliance model of procurement.
Senior Lecturer Pedro Telles Swansea University (confirmed)
11:00 – 11:15 Beyond CSR: Sustainable Business through Public Procurement?
Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo (confirmed)
11:15 – 11:45 Discussion
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
Session 3 Procurement Beyond Law
12:45 – 13:00 Sustainable Procurement: Challenges and Opportunities in the real
world – UN perspective
Jamieson Saab, UNOPS
13:00 – 13:15 Australian take on social procurement
Lecturer Warren Staples, School of Management, RMIT Australia
13:15 – 13:30 Strategic approach to CSR
Consultant Pilvi Takala
13:30 – 14:00 Discussion & Coffee Break
Session 4 Nordic Countries Best Practices and Challenges
14:00 – 14:15 Denmark
Anja Piening, Partner and lawyer at Nørgaard Piening advokater
14:15 – 14:30 Sweden
Åsa Edman, sklkommentus, Stockholm (confirmed)
14:30 – 14:45 Norway
Anne Cathrine Jacobsen, Diffi (confirmed)
14:45 – 15:00 Finland
Karolina Lehto Hansel (confirmed)
15:00 – 15:15 Iceland
Dagmar Sigurðardóttir (confirmed)
15:15 – 15:45 Discussion and closure of the conference


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