New service makes it easier to set requirements for sustainability in public procurement

Easier to set requirements in the procurement of clothing with a new service. Photo: Rab Lawrence, Flickr.

Of: Josefine Hagby

Through public procurement, it is possible to set requirements for sustainable business. But with today's complex supply chain, it is difficult to know when requirements should be set. But now the Procurement Authority has developed a service with the aim of simplifying and clarifying where in the ranks risks are.

May 6, 2021, News

Do your new shoes contribute to wars and conflicts?

We often hear that we have to cut back on shopping, but what we may not associate it with is consumption's connection to peace and security, the debater writes.

Of: Alexandra Davidsson

Buying new shoes, clothes and mobile phones is part of everyday life in Sweden. But our casual overconsumption does not only create environmental problems. It also contributes to wars and conflicts around the world, writes Alexandra Davidsson at the association Conscious Consumption.

November 20, 2019, Debate

Everyone should get their share of the chocolate cake

Chocolate cake.

Researchers warn that chocolate may run out within 30 years. Climate change can hit hard on cocoa farmers.

Of: Maria Lövström

Today is chocolate day, but chocolate will not always be a matter of course. To ensure cocoa cultivation is free from human rights violations and with respect for the environment, we must review our consumer goods, writes Maria Lövström, chairman of the Fair Trade Retailers Organization.

November 11, 2018, Debate

Stop shopping at the expense of women

Of: AnnCathrine Carlsson, Magdalena Hansen, Maria Lövström, Mona Bengtsson, Nicolas Berglund and Songul Can

Fair trade strengthens women's position and autonomy and thus contributes to the implementation of Agenda 2030. The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is proof that fair trade is possible. It is time to break unsustainable trade patterns if we want women's rights to be respected, several WFTO players in Sweden write.

March 8, 2017, Debate

The EU's trade agreement must be fair

Of: Jytte Guteland

When the EU signs trade agreements with developing countries, the EU's own interests often come first. The agreements benefit large and resourceful companies and countries, while the goods of poor countries lose value. Now the EU must begin to stand up for fair cooperation where development and social growth are rewarded, writes MEP Jytte Guteland (s).

March 3, 2015, Debate