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Federal Law on Public Procurement (LMP) and its Ordinance (OMP)

The Swiss Federal Council supports the manufacture and consumption of goods, services and works that meet high economic, ecological and social requirements throughout their life cycle. The Confederation aims to set the example by purchasing goods and services or by constructing buildings that are economical, environmentally and health-friendly and produced in a socially responsible manner.
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Under this law, when the Confederation concludes public contracts, the companies must respect the provisions relating to the protection of workers and the working conditions in force at the place where the service is provided. For services provided in Switzerland, the contracting authority may carry out, or have carried out, checks on working conditions and equal treatment between men and women. For services provided abroad, at least the eight fundamental Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) must be respected.

To facilitate the implementation of the LMP, the federal government has adopted the following tools:

  • Recommendations to the Federal Procurement Services (June 2014);
  • Guiding Principles for Sustainable Public Procurement (Goods and Services) (November 2018).

The requirements of the LMP encourage bidding companies to adopt a policy of respect for human rights. Risks related to the violation of human rights in the value chain of goods acquired by public authorities may therefore be reduced.

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