First, check the regulation regarding evaluation or award criteria (this will be set in the national framework, or by a multilateral organisation, such as a development bank, if it is a funded project):
- Introduce existing environmental and social regulations that all suppliers should comply with (e.g. waste management regulations, or ratified international conventions such as those of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)).
- Establish sustainability criteria as essential requirements for suppliers. Make sure that these criteria are clearly linked to the subject matter of the contract, and engage with the market to ensure that these criteria can be met by a sufficient number of suppliers. For funded projects, some funding organisations might set some of these criteria themselves.
- Consider applying Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) calculations.
Now, check if there are any provisions and mechanisms that can facilitate SPP implementation: