This project was made possible due to the vision and commitment from the National Waste Collection Permit Office to supporting reuse and social enterprise.
The NWCPO issued a request for quotation for the Delivery, Assembly & Installation of Upcycled Furniture to their new office space in Tullamore in April 2019. A consortium of CRNI members was awarded this project including The Rediscovery Centre , ReMark accredited Back2New and CRNI. Collaboration Ireland assisted with the initial project management.
The project involves fitting out 16 work stations, two meeting rooms, a canteen and chill out room, a lobby and an outdoor seating area with 100% preloved and upcycled furniture. As shown above, the primary partners in the project are social enterprises making this one of the first Green and Social Public Procurement exercises in Ireland.
Green Public Procurement is high on the Climate Action Plan and DCCAE agenda.
The Irish Government’s annual public sector purchasing accounts for 10% to 12% of Ireland’s GDP, a large part of economic activity and demand. This provides Ireland’s public sector with significant influence to stimulate the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works within the marketplace.
For more information on Green Public Procurement see here.
Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) is about setting an example and influencing the marketplace. By promoting SRPP, public authorities can give companies real incentives to develop socially responsible management. By purchasing wisely, public authorities can promote employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, design for all, ethical trade, and seek to achieve wider compliance with social standards.
For more information on Social Procurement see here.
The project began in July 2019 and concluded mid November. A full case study will be available shortly.