Responsibility perspectives steer food and non-food procurements

The framework agreement for Food and non-food products will gradually replace two other framework agreements: Consumables for institutional kitchens 2011 and Food products 2012–2016. The new framework agreement will be valid from 2015–2020.

This framework agreement will offer a single channel for product procurement, a logistically efficient and reliable operating model and, in terms of overall costs, affordable logistics and support services.

The framework agreement’s products are of high quality and affordable, reliable and user friendly. Food products must be safe and must have a sufficient shelf-life from the customers’ perspective. For example, the WHO’s goal to halve the salt content of food products over the coming ten years will be reflected in product ranges during the contractual period.

Responsibility in various product and service groups

Customers can define requirements for sustainable environmental and energy solutions, or for local and organic production, on the basis of government resolutions. Government resolutions provide guidelines on, for example, reducing food waste and improving energy efficiency.

The framework agreement’s products are also subject to mandatory environmental criteria. A variety of environmental labels, such as the EU Ecolabel (Flower logo) and Nordic Ecolabel (Swan), provide a practical way of comparing products. Environmental aspects must also be considered in any services that are related to the products, for example, CO2 emissions from transportation should be minimised and routes optimised.

In addition to government resolutions and mandatory environmental requirements, responsibility also includes social perspectives, such as fair trade and ethical fishing regulations. Suppliers must ensure that they adhere to responsible principles throughout their production chains.