Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a global public procurement community and market information platform dedicated to improving public procurement everywhere. GovShop is their free global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Read more about Raj Sharma, Founder of PSF and GovShop, here: Working towards a more open and accessible public sector market – for suppliers and buyers.
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The last of the week of PSF:
The importance of air purification systems, what to look for and where to find them – new document
Research now tells us that Covid-19 is more highly transmissible through airborne particles than through contaminated surfaces. Thus, common spaces like hospitals, schools and offices pose a high risk to the health of patients / staff, schoolchildren / teachers and employees / employers, reinforcing the need for better indoor air quality. (IAQ) in public buildings.
Public sector bodies (and private companies) want to comply with clean air quality guidelines, not only for the public good but for more efficient businesses, including reducing Sick Building Syndrome, absenteeism and , in general, to maintain the correct levels of ventilation and cleaner air in the indoor space leading to better health of the workforce. While the recommendations (and sometimes the legislation) are all good, those responsible for purchasing air pollutant cleaners need to know what to look for and, frankly, where to start.
We hear time and time again at the Public Expenditure Forum that buyers tasked with finding specialized equipment often stumble at the first hurdle for lack of information on where to find the right suppliers, informed choices and, most importantly, resources. That’s why PSF has produced a free downloadable document explaining how air purification technology works and what to look for when purchasing it.
Read more here.
New sustainable development program for the purchasing sector
Global sourcing and trading platform and training provider, Positive Purchasing, has launched a new sustainable sourcing program as part of its core strategic sourcing offering. It was created in response to the overwhelming demand from the purchasing industry and the growing need for sustainability as businesses grapple with how to meet the many and increasingly urgent imperatives to act.
Positive CEO Jonathan O’Brien said: âIt’s time for sourcing teams to grow stronger and take the lead, as sustainable sourcing is now center stage. “
The new program enables organizations to determine a sustainable sourcing plan and make significant sustainability changes on the supply side. It includes two new training courses: Sustainable Purchasing Awareness – an introductory course that provides an overview of what sustainable purchasing is and why it is increasingly essential for organizations to do it well; Advanced Sustainable Sourcing – intended for experienced or sourcing and supply chain development practitioners as well as some key stakeholders, covering all aspects of sustainability and sustainable sourcing and provides practical resources for implement sustainable sourcing within an organization.
More details here
And in other news …
EU spends record â¬ 198 billion on defense in 2020
European Commission makes its software open source for the benefit of society
EC product passports ‘promote circular supply chains’
HS2 uses blockchain technology to increase confidence and efficiency in the supply chain
UK Government’s new procurement review unit announced amid ‘centralization’ fears
Biden to expand federal fleet of electric vehicles with goal of making government carbon neutral by 2050
UK Cabinet Office unveils plans for ‘simpler, clearer and more flexible’ procurement rules
Prison ignores public procurement rules, citing “security reasons”
World Bank Green Public Procurement: Overview of Countries’ Green Procurement Practices
Interesting and useful material:
The GovShop Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) – is a one-stop-shop with everything a small business would need to know to navigate government procurement markets in the United States and beyond.
the 7 principles for the growth of the government market can be downloaded for free.
Meet Jack for a Free Demo of GovShop
If you are interested in meeting Jack from the GovShop Customer Success Team, you can book a free consultation and demo to learn how to optimize your profile and get the most out of GovShop, the free buyer matching and screening database. / government suppliers. Whether it’s claiming your supplier profile and optimizing your keywords, standing out in a crowded marketplace and building your sales pipeline, email Jack to help.
Contact the Public Expenditure Forum
Contact [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about government procurement, the effects of the pandemic, where to find suppliers for a specific category, or any other hot issue you are having.
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