Further reading and resources 

  • Gladsaxe Procurement Strategy: Adopted in April 2020, the procurement strategy builds on the municipality’s strategic plan for 2018-2022 to promote sustainable growth and welfare.  
  • Procurements in Vantaa: This website provides information about how sustainability aspects are included in the City of Vantaa’s procurement practices.  
  • Sustainable Public Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals (2021): This report aims to draw attention to the added value that sustainable public procurement can contribute towards the SDGs globally based on Nordic practices.  
  • Zero emission delivery of goods (2021): The report presents approaches for collaboration between large Nordic cities in the form of a public buyer’s network.  
  • Nordic Guidelines – Green Public Procurement (2017): The report proposes 12 recommendations for more active sharing of knowledge and experience with green public procurement. 
  • KEINO: KEINO is a network-based competence centre founded in 2018 to increase sustainable and innovative public procurement in Finland. The website gathers good examples and presents network opportunities.
  • Forum for bæredygtige indkøb: This Danish network was established in 2010 by the Ministry of Environment with the purpose of enhancing sustainable procurement among both public and private actors. Their official website gathers and communities best practice cases, knowledge, and tools. 
  • The National Agency for Public Procurement in Sweden provides information to guide the public sector with sustainability in the procurement process.  
  • The Icelandic government's policy on Green Public Procurement (GPP) became effective in 2009. A web-based toolkit has been among the initiatives that disseminate relevant information to stakeholders. 
  • Kriterieveiviseren: An online guide to develop relevant requirements or criteria for sustainable procurements by the Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management.  
  • Leverandørutviklingsprogrammet (LUP) is a Norwegian partnership established in 2010 by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS). The purpose is to accelerate innovations and development of new solutions through the strategic use of innovative public procurement while contributing to new market opportunities for companies. The website communicates best practice cases, knowledge, and tools.   
  • Sustainable public procurement checklist in Åland: This is a local tool to integrate sustainability into public procurement while taking into account Åland and EU legislation.  
  • UNEP SPP Approach: A methodology and roadmap for policymakers and practitioners to design and implement Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policies and action plans.  


Nordregio would like to thank the public officials, practitioners, and experts who provided key inputs to the webinar and this policy brief: Nanna Krogh-Meyer (Director of Economy, Gladsaxe, Denmark), Eveliina Varis (Senior Advisor on Sustainability, Vantaa, Finland), Tobias Jobring (Business Developer, National Agency for Public Procurement, Sweden), Salla Koivusalo (Leading Expert, Sustainable Development, City of Espoo), and Ida Laustsen (Innovation Broker, Leverandørutviklingsprogrammet, Norway).  
Extended gratitude also goes the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (Samband), Association of Finnish Municipalities (Kuntaliitto), the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), Local Government Denmark (KL), and the Nordic Expert Group for Sustainable Development.