Sustainable purchasing policy

In December 2011, the BNDES Sustainable Purchasing Policy was approved, which places the Bank as one of the pioneers in this area. The policy is aligned with fulfilling the commitments assumed by the Bank in the Socio-Environmental Responsibility Protocol of Intentions (Green Protocol) and in its Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy (SER) guidelines.

This concept refers to the inclusion of social and environmental sustainable criteria in the contracts carried out by the public sector. Besides reducing the environmental impact and social differences, sustainable public purchases can guarantee better quality products and services, as the result of adopting a logic that values the long-term performance of the product or service.

The idea of sustainability in public purchasing has gradually been incorporated into Brazilian legislation. In 2010, Law Nº. 8,666/93 was changed to expressly include the promotion of national sustainable development as one of the public bidding objectives.

It is worth emphasizing that the BNDES Sustainable Purchasing Policy is aligned with the Action Plan for Sustainable Production and Consumption (PPCS), of the Environment Ministry, and also with two themes that will be highlighted in the Rio+20 conference:

  • The Green Economy within the context of sustainable development and in the eradication of poverty; and
  • The institutional legal framework for sustainable development.

With the implementation of this policy, the BNDES assumes an important role in inducing the dissemination of sustainable operational practices, reaching not only the product and serVICE Provider chain, but also public agencies and society.