Flagship Green & Social Procurement Project

A consortium of CRNI members was awarded one of Ireland’s first Green and Social procurement projects in June 2019.

The project involves primarily social enterprises providing 100% reused and upcycled furniture to the new office space for the National Waste Collection Permit Office in Tullamore.

Participants in the consortium include ReMark accredited Back2New, The Rediscovery Centre, an Irish Charity Shops Association member, CRNI and Collaboration Ireland. Griffin Office Solutions is also supplying used office furniture. 

Why Green?

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.

Why Social?

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.

Progress to date

The project kick off date is 2nd July 2019 and conclusion early October.

Project kick off planning meeting, 2 July 2019. CRNI Members Back2New Community Upcycling, The Rediscovery Centre, Irish Charity Shops Association and CRNI with Collaboration Ireland.
Roger from Rediscovery Centre with delivery of pallet coffee table
Maria from NWCPO with upcycled chair & coffee table from Rediscovery Centre
Collection of furniture donated by Henkel
Rediscovery Centre staff cleaning and checking items for installation
As installed - all desks and storage items are second hand

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