In 2016/2017, we set up the Circular Procurement Academy. In this one-year program, we trained more than 60 participants from 27 (semi-) public organizations. They learned how to apply the principles of the circular economy in their procurement processes. The client was the Expertisecentrum Aanbesteden (Expertise Centre of Procurement) of the Dutch government (PIANOo).
Our mission is to make a sustainable impact in the manufacturing and construction industry We measure our success in terms of the impact we have achieved rather than in terms of sales and people. We measure the impact in two ways: our impact within a project and the impact of the project itself. Our impact meter gives us these insights.
The Circular Procurement Academy was set up in 2016/2017 with the aim of enabling a large group of organizations to apply the principles of the circular economy to their procurement processes. The combined annual procurement of different authorities totals €73 billion: a huge incentive to make sustainability and circularity attractive to market players.
Help us by shaping and running a training program for government procurement in 2017-2018. And, in addition to developing their knowledge, ensure that the participants develop personal skills with which they can put the knowledge into practice. Finally, we want a pilot project as part of the program so that lessons from the program are directly applied.
The program had to do justice to all aspects of circular procurement:
The program consisted of eight interactive sessions. Every meeting had to reflect our didactic vision: gaining knowledge and learning through experience. The sessions consisted of plenary knowledge transfer, as well as creative brainstorms and working methods: challenging one-on-one conversations, prisoner’s dilemmas, group assignments to further develop the pilot projects, associated elevator pitches and intervision. The participants also applied their new knowledge in their own procurement pilot.
The Circular Procurement Academy was successful: the participants were trained and inspired. The personal development path also contributed to this success. The participants are now able to meet the challenges of circular procurement within their own organizations, with success – many of the participating organizations have already got started with circular procurement. The biggest compliment for us is that we have been invited to organize the next edition of this program.