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7 December 2017

Electronics Watch Annual Conference 2017: Public Buyer's Role in Protecting the Rights of Electronics Workers

London, United Kingdom

This event, taking place the 7 December in London, will focus on precarious labour in the electronics industry and explore ways in which public sector buyers can help protect the rights of workers in unreliable and often abusive forms of employment.

As in previous years, the Conference will feature leading practitioners in the field of socially responsible public procurement, experts in international labour rights, and grassroots workplace monitors from electronics production regions around the world.

Electronics workers in precarious forms of employment earn low wages, work unpredictable hours, may not be properly trained for hazardous work, and risk losing their jobs and sometimes residency permits should they speak up for their rights. They may be employed legally or illegally, directly or indirectly for the factory where they work. They may be migrants or local workers, student workers or trainees, and work in any country. Electronics Watch highlights the challenges of precarious work in factories that make the electronic goods public sector organisations buy and helps to develop solutions that involve local civil society organisations, trade unions, electronics brands, and factories.

If you wish to register and for more information, visit the event’s page.

11 - 12 December 2017

Seminar: Market Consultation and Research in Public Procurement

Berlin, Germany

Market consultation is a powerful and efficient procedure to maximise value for money in public procurement. The latest EU procurement directives specifically encourage and allow early engagement between procurement officers and suppliers in order to get advice, which may be used in the preparation of the procurement. While there are many benefits associated with this procedure, procurement practitioners still face several difficulties when applying it in practice. How can contracting authorities benefit from market consultation to the fullest, while avoiding to be accused of favouritism?