Implementing Action

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Procurement

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Procurement at the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (KNB) supports public authorities in the consideration of sustainability criteria in procurement projects.
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The Centre of Excellence was created as part of a set of sustainability measures adopted in 2010. This body provides consultation services, training courses and information, and conducts events to help public contracting authorities in their efforts to apply sustainability criteria in general, and human rights criteria in particular, in their procurement procedures and to advance their implementation.

The work of the Centre of Excellence targets all public contracting bodies at all levels: federal, state and local authorities. It also manages an information portal that provides procurement offices in enterprises and government bodies with practical assistance, offers extensive information on sustainable procurement and facilitates exchanges of information from all parties involved.

Visit the Centre's website (German)