Public procurement affects a large number of people, whether they are users of public services, workers involved in production and delivery, or staff of the buying organisation. Public authorities can engage in Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) by buying ethical products and services, and by using public tenders to create socially just societies. Social entrepreneurship is one of the opportunities to engage in SRPP implementation.

The European Commission intends to facilitate the uptake of socially-responsible criteria in public procurement and to promote their use across the EU. But first, two main questions need to be answered: what SRPP really is and what are its known applications?

Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) is a set of social considerations in public contracts to achieve positive social outcomes.  SRPP is determined by the public sector and aims to address the impact on society of the goods, works and services and works purchased it.

Buying for Social Impact (BSI) supported by the European Commission has prepared the materials explaining the meaning and the role of SRPP in detail. Download a full compilation of the main things you need to know about Socially Responsible Public Procurement:


15 Frequently Asked Questions on Socially Responsible Public Procurement



Buying for social impact


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Making socially responsible public procurement work. 71 good practice cases


The source for more materials of the “Buying for Social Impact” project:



This publication has been prepared within SENBS project No. 2020- 1-EE01-KA204-077999. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project coordinator and may not always reflect the views of the European Commission or the National Agency.