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The conference programme will appear here shortly, please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Anna Harrison sustainable-procurement@forum-europe or on +44 (0) 2920 783 073.


Tuesday 27 November, 2018


09:00 – 10:30

Welcome and Keynote Presentations

Aongus Hegarty, President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dell

10:30 – 11:30

Exploring Social and Environmental Sustainability

The panel will discuss topics surrounding social and environmental sustainability. With Europe’s citizenry demanding a greater emphasis than ever before on the sustainability of production and consumption, with concepts such as the Circular Economy permeating many aspects of society and industry, the public sector must lead the way through its own purchasing decisions. The panel session will explore more in depth how governments can stimulate public procurement of sustainable goods and services, how public buyers should apply such criteria in practice and how suppliers from different sectors deal with such requirements.

Kestutis Sadauskas, Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth, European Commission
Peter Nohrstedt, Sustainability Manager, SKL Kommentus Central Procurement Board

11:30 – 12:30

Social and Supply Chain Sustainability in Procurement

Marc Tarabella, Member, European Parliament
Marzena Rogalska, Acting Director, Single Market for Public Administrations in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Ilse Beneke, Head of Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement, German Federal Ministry of the Interior
Deborah Albers, Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance
Kilian Moote, Project Director, Know the Chain


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking

13:30 – 15:00

Roundtable Working Group Sessions

These group sessions will look to address some of the specific issues that are faced within particular sectors. The sessions will be moderated and participants can join the topics most relevant for them.
Likely topics:
1. Barriers and opportunities for sustainable public procurement on a national level
2. Barriers and opportunities to advance European collaboration
3. Recommendations for making CSR/sustainability count in procurement
4. How to advance sustainability in procurement of ICT?

15:30 – 16:15

Closing Keynotes

16:00 – 16:15


Jyrki Katainen, Vice President Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission



Tuesday 27 November, 2018
09.00 to 17.00




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