Under the Pillar I of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Huma


Under the Pillar I of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights it was acknowledged that States should promote respect for human rights by business enterprises with which they conduct commercial transactions. As it was later developed, States conduct a variety of commercial transactions with business enterprises, not least through their procurement activities. If used strategically, procurement can dictate trends in markets, especially those of foods, textiles, technology, estate, etc., because public procurement has a massive role to play: some 250,000 public bodies spend around 15% of the EU annual GDP through procurement.
The EU’s 2014 Procurement Directives encourage public authorities to take social aspects and provisions related to human rights into account. Even though there is some general guidance from the Commission in the area, countries aren’t setting clear accountable goals and tracking their progress towards them. And when they are measuring human rights dimension of public procurement, they are often measuring very timid and diffuse commitments.
This article will investigate National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe region and will address the possibilities to use human rights provisions in public procurement in different jurisdictions. The article aim to:
– Introduce how EU legislation can help power the uptake of human rights inclusion into public procurement and what are the limitations;
– Showcase the examples of how governments used human rights clauses to promote the use of socially responsible procurement


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