The Social Side of Sustainable Procurement

The Social Side of Sustainable Procurement

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About this course

– Intermediate/Specialist Course – 

The power of public contracts to achieve better social outcomes has been recognised for a long time – however this approach is still underused in Ireland. This course looks at how procurement can be used to tackle everything from low wages and skills shortages through to human rights issues, equality and diversity. Examples from a wide range of product and service sectors will be presented, with participants encouraged to identify the most relevant approaches for their own organisation.

Date & Duration

This is a half-day course.
Next dates: • tbc

This course can also be delivered in-house and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your public sector organisation or group.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework for including social considerations in EU level and national tenders;
  • Identify techniques to address low wages; precarious employment; training and skills development; accessibility; health, safety and wellbeing of staff; human rights along supply chains; and equality and diversity in public contracts;
  • Develop strategies for implementation of socially responsible procurement in their organisations;
  • Access useful online tools and resources for socially responsible procurement.

Target Audience

Procurement practitioners, managers and sustainability professionals working in or with the public sector. This course is aimed at those with some knowledge/experience of public procurement. Prior experience with socially responsible public procurement is not required.


€450 per participant. All training costs are VAT exempt. There is a 10% discount when 3 or more places are booked on this course.


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What is the refund policy?

All cancellations must be received in writing or the full course fee is payable. Where delegates cancel more than 5 days prior to the course 50% of the course fee is payable. Cancellations received within 5 days will be liable for the full fee.

Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the event.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?