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How can listening to citizens contribute to sustainable public procurement in Latin America?

Posted on 12/12/2012

Choices Project team members and policy-makers at Rio workshop, December 2012

Policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and academics came together in Rio de Janeiro last week for a path-breaking workshop on sustainable public procurement. The workshop was organised by the Choices Project team, led by Dr Dorothea Kleine and Dr Graca Brightwell (Politics, Development and Sustainability Group andICT4D Centre). Key results from this workshop will be presented at the UN Environmental Programme conference on sustainable procurement in Paris in January 2013.

The Choices Project is unique in that it combines data on consumers' ethical consumption opinions and behaviour with government officials' views and procedures for purchasing collectively on behalf of the citizens. The project is a collaboration between academics at Royal Holloway, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. The project team also involves Instituto Akatu (Brazil), Ciudadano Responsable (Chile) and Ethical Consumer Research Association (UK).

Dorothea highlighted a key finding from the research: "The data clearly shows that both Brazilians and Chileans want the state to buy not just based on price, but also on social and environmental criteria. Support for sustainable procurement is high in both countries, and highest in Brazil."

The Choices Project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).


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