Kompass Nachhaltigkeit

Öffentliche Beschaffung

our mission

Why procure sustainably?

Because socially responsible action always starts on a small scale, not least in public procurement procedures. And yet: Topics such as fair trade and environmental sustainability seem complex and sometimes daunting. Global supply chains are often non-transparent and multi-layered. The eco-social conditions under which products are manufactured are difficult to understand or are concealed. This is where we come in with the Sustainability Compass: With our knowledge of standars, with case examples and regulations, we help you with fair and sustainable procurement as well as the implementation of sustainable procurement strategies in public administration.

Nachhaltige Beschaffung erleichtern
Lieferketten transparenter machen
Unterstützung der Agenda 2030

Our Mission

Protection of human rights, compliance with labor and social standards, climate and environmental protection: All these issues are not only gaining in importance on a global scale, but a significant contribution can also be made at the municipal level, especially in procurement. Many committed municipalities have therefore already developed their own sustainability concepts, and others are just following them. As a web portal for sustainable public procurement, we want to help you do just that: We provide recommendations for action that you can use to successfully demand social and ecological standards. Together for fair and sustainable procurement!

Influence through sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement is not merely an end in itself; each makes a tangible contribution: By promoting social and environmental sustainability in your administration, you help to improve labor, social and environmental standards in the Global South. At the same time, your demand for sustainable products and services boosts the market's supply of them.  By aligning your procurement strategy with sustainability criteria, you make a valuable contribution to achieving the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Legal Framework

Social an environmental risks

Sustainability Compass supports sustainable procurement strategy

Benefit from the wealth of experience of committed municipalities. Here you will find practical examples of sustainable tendering and awarding from all german states, which you can use as a guideline for your own procurement planning: Tender documents, council orders, regulations, guidelines and procurement manuals.

In addition, the Municipality Compass provides an overview of the respective legal frameworks of the federal states for the implementation of social and environmental criteria, providers of certified products and the contact details of experts.


A sustainable procurement process helps you to make your procurement environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and energy- and resource-efficient. From demand analysis to tender documents to contract monitoring, there are many levers you can use to make your tender more sustainable. You can find out how this works here.

Online seminars to get started with the Sustainability Compass

In our online seminars, you will not only learn about all facets of the platform, with the help of practical exercises you can get started right away and, for example, find suitable tender examples.

Here you can find the next dates, the complete overview can be found at the support offers:

Introduction seminar

06. June, 10:30-12:00 am

Seminar on Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool

13. September, 10:30-12:00 am