CSR aspects in procurement process

Hansel aims to lead the way in responsible procurement. The importance of corporate responsibility and responsible procurement is emphasised, among other instances, in the decisions-in-principle and procurement strategy of the government.

Framework agreements offer an effective way of deploying government decisions through procurement. Central procurement volumes are significant: during 2015, the Finnish State acquired products and services worth a total of around €697 million through framework agreements.

Thanks to this large volume, Hansel is able to influence the generation of new services and the development of more environmentally aware products. Hansel can have an impact on what is available on the market by incorporating aspects of CSR into framework agreements and setting, for example, environmental criteria.


Tendering processes organised by Hansel are carried out openly and fairly, in line with procurement legislation. All suppliers of goods and services who fulfil the minimum requirements set in the call for tenders are allowed to take part in the tendering processes organised by Hansel, in line with our open procedure. CSR element are taken into account at the planning and implementation stages of the tendering process, as well as during the contract period.

CSR aspects in the procurement process

Needs assessment+

– Procurement, lease or repair
– Paying attention to the needs of special needs groups, accessibility, reachability (“Design for all”)

Tenderer’s eligibility+

– An account of the tenderer’s financial status, subcontractors, and of the environmental care actions pertaining to the service
– Documentation required by the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations

Technical specifications (product or service features)+

– Requirement specifications using tools such as the EU GPP toolkit, criteria for an environmental or energy label etc.
– Paying attention to the needs of special needs groups (“Design for all”)

Comparison criteria (the awarding of points)+

– Additional features of a product or service that indicate responsibility when tools such as the EU GPP toolkit are applied

Contractual terms and conditions and supervision of compliance+

– Ecological product packaging, reduced carbon dioxide emissions during transport, warranty terms, pick-up and recycling of discarded materials etc.
– Compliance with the standards of ILO conventions, promoting employment opportunities, awareness of ethical trade issues, voluntary responsibility report