Study on social sustainability in the supply chains of commercial vehicles and verification options in the context of public procurement processes

Engagement Global gGmbH, 2022 - 2023

How can public procurement organizations in German municipalities integrate social sustainability criteria in the market dialogue with potential providers for municipal commercial vehicles? Which verification options are available and currently applied by actors along the respective supply chains? Projekt-Consult, together with three partners from academia, civil society and public pro-curement, works on a study to provide answers to these questions.
Donor of the project is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through a partnership with Engagement Global and its service point “Kommunen in der einen Welt”. Project partners are the Institute for the Automotive Industry (IFA), the Hamburg Institute for Innovation, Climate Protection, and Circular Economy (HIICCE) and SÜDWIND e.V..

The project is overseen by the German Institute for Human Rights.

Objective of the project is to generate comprehensive knowledge of sustainability and human rights in supply chains of municipal commercial vehicles. Therefor the assignment is divided into three parts:

  1. Identification of vehicle components in whose supply chains high social risks occur.
  2. Mapping of the components supply chains concerning suppliers and respective countries of origin.
  3. Mapping of existing sustainability initiatives and development of analysis criteria for initia-tives and verification mechanisms“. Engagement Global gGmbH – Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen” is the central contact agency in Germany for development policy initiatives, both at a national and international level. Its service point “Kommunen in der einen Welt” (SKEW) is specialized in development initiatives on a municipal level. The focus on municipalities is a promising approach especially regarding the public procurement of commercial vehicles like city buses or waste collection vehicles since municipal procurement represents a comprehensive part of their sales volume. This results in a high impact on the producing industry and opportunities to support the implementation of social standards in supply chains. The user target group of the project report are public procurers. In perspective, the study should build an information background for the dialog between procurement and producers to implement effective and viable sustainability requirements in the procurement process.


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