News item | 11-24-2022 | 5:00 PM

    The Manifesto for Socially Responsible Commissioning and Procurement (CSR) 2022-2025 started today with a festive signing ceremony. The 64 participants who have signed the manifesto hereby commit themselves to keeping the social impact in mind when ordering and purchasing.

    This enables them to make a difference in various sectors and product groups. For example, Rijkswaterstaat uses a circular bridge bank for ground, road and hydraulic engineering, and the province of South Holland has completely renovated the main building of its provincial government building in a sustainable, circular and energy-neutral way. Another example is the standard vegetarian catering in company restaurants and meat only on request. Or by only using recycled furniture when furnishing offices. By consciously hiring people with a distance to the labor market. Or by using recycled textiles for uniforms. And by always keeping diversity and inclusion in mind when recruiting. By reducing energy consumption and preventing waste.

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Participating parties are all ministries, 5 provinces and more than 40 municipalities, all water boards and a number of other organizations. In doing so, they commit themselves to applying socially responsible commissioning and purchasing.

    In this way, the Manifesto parties work on social goals in the following areas: Environment and biodiversity, Climate, Circular (including biobased), Supply chain responsibility (International Social Conditions), Diversity and Inclusion and Social Return. These themes are linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    €85 billion

    State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen (Infrastructure and Water Management) gave the official go-ahead for the Manifesto today with a symbolic push of a button.

    Vivianne Heijnen: “I am proud to officially kick off the manifesto today. Dutch governments spend more than € 85 billion annually on products, works and services. By always thinking about the choices made, we can really make a difference. For example, we will work circularly in the coming years when strengthening our dikes and locks. Think of stones, land use, reuse of materials and so on. And as the government, we are going to challenge the market in the field of circularity for our tens of thousands of ICT workplaces, by fully focusing on recycled materials.”

    Action plan

    Each signatory to the Manifesto must draw up a CSR action plan no later than one year after signing. In the action plan, the parties lay down for their own organization which ambition levels are pursued for each of the six CSR goals, which concrete actions will lead to this and how much time and budget will be made available for this.