Public procurement at Barcelona City Council could be a real political-economy tool. It generates thousands of jobs and a large number of contracts that pour millions of euros into the city's economy. This potential must be used to bring about a general improvement in the environmental and working conditions of the productive sectors, fostering the common good and offering support to small and medium-sized businesses, which comprise the hub of economic activity in Barcelona.
That is the City Council's aim in presenting a social public procurement guide for the first time. A guide that specifies social-inclusion measures and ensures functional diversity and gender-equality principles, by requires tendering companies to comply with minimum responsibility criteria. It also promotes a business model based on decent wages and stable employment contracts and includes criteria that encourage employers to hire people who are unemployed and in a situation of social exclusion. On top of that it envisages contracts reserved for special work centres and social insertion enterprises, as well as other non-profit organisations, and promotes the role of social economy enterprises.
This guide is the result of discussion and consensus with business sectors, trade unions, associations and citizen organisations. Their contribution has been a key factor in moving towards out joint goal of sustainable and inclusive development, which sees public procurement as a social and economic transformation tool for a production model that respects the rights of people while seeking maximum social and economic return.
We want Barcelona to be a benchmark city, which guarantees equal opportunities for all, along with social and environmental rights. This guide is an example of democratic participation and aims to build an innovative and more humane city, where economic activity has a social responsibility and public investment helps foster a fair and balanced society.
Mayor of Barcelona
Every year, Barcelona City Council awards contracts worth 590 million euros for goods and services (nearly a quarter of its budget).
That'smore than 1 billion euros, if you take into account the whole municipal group.
Barcelona City Council wants this economic driver to help to change the economic and social model.
How? By encouraging contractors to opt for a bigger social return with a participatory business model, showing concern for the area and the people who live there.
So it is promoting the Social Public Procurement Guide, a social and economic transformation tool for people and the common good that expands the range of companies able to take part in public tendering processes, so ensuring financial security.
This guide has to be applied by the entire City Council and all the companies and other bodies with a majority stake in the municipal group.
The organisations and bodies that took part in defining the Social Public Procurement Guide are: