Environmental responsibility in framework agreements

Hansel has included environmental aspects in its framework agreements for several years, with help from sample criteria from parties such as Motiva and the European Commission.

The Corporate Responsibility team examines all new framework agreements to ensure that environmental aspects are considered. If a framework agreement has included environmental aspects in relation to two or more criteria set by Hansel, it is awarded Hansel’s own ecolabel. By the end of 2013, 48 of the 74 framework agreements that were in force (65 per cent) took into account environmental aspects.

In some sectors, such as organisational and HR development services, and other similar framework agreements involving specialist services, environmental aspects cannot always be taken into consideration due to the nature of the procurement.

In Hansel's framework agreements, environmental aspects are taken into consideration

1 in the definition of the procurement need, or

2 in the procurement requirement specifications, or

3 in the applicability requirements, or

4 as a criterion for comparison, or

5 in the agreement terms, or

6 through a combination of all of the above.

Central procurement with environmental aspects taken into account

Procurement sector Category Central procurement 2013, M€ Environment considered 2013, M€ Environment considered 2013, % Environment considered 2012, % Environment considered 2011, %
ICT procurement Data communications 32 10 32 29 16
  ICT equipment 80 73 92 91 88
  Software 28 26 92 27 0
  ICT services 32 0 1 0 0
  Total 172 110 64 55 48
Procurement of administrative services Financial management 51 44 87 93 93
  Organisational and HR development 87 3 3 0 0
  Travel and conference management 79 74 94 96 92
  Total 217 121 56 54 53
Procurement of materials and technical services Vehicle and transport services 50 48 97 94 97
  Material and facilities services 57 48 85 71 60
  Office supplies 65 56 86 86 91
  Energy supply 135 135 100 100 100
  Total 307 287 94 92 91
Total   695 518 75 72 71