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News article19 June 2023

A Better World Starts with Public Procurement

Interview Fredo Schotanus

The interview to Fredo Schotanus, Professor of Public Procurement at Utrecht University  School of Economics is published on the Green Business Platform. The interview highlights key ideas on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and its role in creating a more sustainable and social world.

Key ideas that were discussed in this interview:

  • Mandatory vs. voluntary approaches in SPP and optimal policy mixes.
  • Side effects of certifications: Examining the impact and potential drawbacks.
  • Exploring higher national tender thresholds.
  • Students' interest in sustainable practices aligns with SPP goals.
  • Improving procurement activities: Providing more guidance and shifting focus to better competition.
  • Monitoring contract outcomes and the importance of measuring sustainability results