Public Procurement for Sustainable Development

This event examines a new Chatham House paper which proposes a more ambitious and inclusive definition of sustainable procurement.

Research event, Webinar
19 November 2020 — 11:00AM TO 11:30AM
Chatham House 10 St James’s Square London SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom

Public procurement is a tool with enormous potential power. 1/6 of global GDP ($13 trillion per year) is spent by governments on goods services, works and utilities. If this spending were targeted strategically to support social and environmental progress, public procurement could make a much more significant contribution to sustainable development that it does at present.

With reference to case studies from Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Colombia, and Vietnam, Chatham House’s new paper proposes a more ambitious and inclusive definition of sustainable procurement which actively promotes ethics, justice, human rights, diversity, health, wellbeing, environmental stewardship and other social goods, which should be enshrined in law, in line with a State’s development priorities.


Thiago Uehara, Research Fellow, Chatham House
Chair: Patrick Schroeder, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

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