Danish Institute for Human Rights launches toolkit on human rights for policy makers and public buyers

Author: Daniel Morris, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Published on: 28 November 2019

“Driving change through public procurement: A toolkit on human rights for policy makers and public buyers (road-testing version”, 25 November 2019

This Toolkit explores how public procurement policy makers, buyers & contract managers can implement requirements that suppliers respect human rights. [P]ublic procurement has… increasingly been recognised a means for states to fulfil their human rights obligations and as a means of realising sustainable development. [Requiring]…suppliers respect human rights can help prevent…modern slavery, child labour, human trafficking,…excessive working…and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, women and children, and economically disadvantaged minorities…

This Toolkit is…a practical tool with a range of good practice examples [and starts by] address[ing] why…human rights in the context of public procurement [?] Chapter B is primarily designed for public procurement planners and policy makers,…[explaining] the legal basis for states to include requirements that…actual and potential suppliers respect human rights, how to frame human rights as a policy objects [and] what system wide planning is needed to include…actual and potential suppliers. Chapter C is primarily designed for public procurers and contract managers,…[explaining] how…[the] respect [of] human rights can be included at each stage of the procurement process and highlight[ing] the advantages and limitations of including requirements that suppliers respect human rights at different stages…

[The Danish Institute for Human Rights] are publishing this Toolkit in a ‘road-testing’ version [and]…would like to hear from you on whether this Toolkit can be improved and…[whether there] are…good practices examples [to] highlight. [Follow the links to provide feedback to David Morris].

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