The Landmark Project

3rd  Conference on
Socially Responsible Procurement of

16/17 November 2015 | Essen/Gelsenkirchen

Monday, 16th November 2015

4.30 – 6.30 p.m. 
Optional, preliminary program

Guided tour “Durch Koksofen und Meistergang“ on the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Zollverein“/ Coking plant

Meeting Point: Infopunkt Kokerei, Areal C [Kokerei], Mischanlage [C70], Arendahls Wiese, 45141 Essen

The pathways on the location of Zollverein are not completely barrier-free. Please contact us in case of need.

Engagement Global / SKEW will bear the costs of the guided tour for participants of the symposium.

7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
Welcome reception

Speech & “Come Together” during a joint dinner at the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Zollverein“

Welcome: Börje Wichert, Wirtschaftsförderung Metropole Ruhr GmbH

Key Note: Peter Franke, Forum Arbeitswelten e.V. China – Deutschland

Venue: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Areal C [Kokerei], Mischanlage [C70], Kokereiallee 71, 45141 Essen

The joint dinner is a kind invitation of Engagement Global / SKEW. The food and one non-alcoholic drink are free. Any further drinks have to be paid by the participants themselves.

More information about the World Heritage Site „Zollverein“:


Tuesday, 17th November 2015 

Venue: Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen,

Munscheidstraße 14, 45886 Gelsenkirchen

Route description

9.00 – 9.30 a.m.
Arrival, registration and welcome-coffee

9.30 – 10.00 a.m.
Greeting by the organizers and welcoming speech

Annelie Evermann, WEED e.V.; Ann-Kathrin Voge, Engagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World; Welcoming speech by Gerald Knauf, Foundation for Environmental and Developmental Affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia

10.00 – 11.15 a.m.
Thematic Input I

The workers’ situation in the Chinese IT production

Sheung So, Labour Education and Service Network (LESN), Hongkong

Socially responsible IT tenders in practice – the monitoring-organization “Electronics Watch”

Emma Nicholson, APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland

11.15 – 11.30 a.m.
Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 p.m.
Thematic Input II

A company’s perspective on social responsibility in the production and mining sector

Siegfried Dewaldt, SER Country Manager DACH/IRCA
certificated EICC Lead Auditor, Hewlett-Packard

Where do we stand? The current situation concerning the public procurement law– EU, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

Heide Rühle, former member of the EU Parliament and former member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

12.30 – 13.30 p.m.
Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 p.m.

Workshop 1

How to implement social criteria in your IT tender

– Presentation of practical examples of socially responsible IT tenders

– What are the advantages of the implementation during the different phases of procurement?

– How do I legally integrate controls into my tender?

Workshop 2

Sustainable procurement in NRW – Social criteria and control. Current status of the amendment of the public procurement law

Input by Andreas Machwirth, Ministry of Economics NRW and following discussion forum with questions and dialogue

– What do public procurers demand of politics to be able to legally enshrine and control social criteria in IT tenders?

Workshop 3

Control and evidence (social audit firms, Electronics Watch, TCO Certified)

– Which offers of control are there? What are the differences?

– How do I legally integrate controls into my tender?

Workshop 4

NRW Workshop II: Dialogue panel: Social IT procurement in NRW (distributors, companies, procurer)

– What should public procurers from NRW expect realistically of IT distributers?

– Which steps are necessary and at the same time possible to achieve compliance with international labour standards?

15.00 – 15.15 p.m.
Coffee break

15.15 – 16.45 p.m.
Panel discussion

The impact of a socially responsible IT procurement: (How) Do the workers benefit from it?

Sheung So, LESN; Niclas Rydell, TCO Development, Felix Elschner, Epson Deutschland GmbH, N.N. distributor

Conclusion, Thanks & Perspectives

Jürgen Sokoll, One World Network NRW

A selection of IT companies, distributors and NGOs will present themselves in the foyer of the venue.


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