The Landmark Project

5th symposium on
socially responsible procurement of
IT products

22 & 23 May 2017 | Mainz, ZDF conference centre

The production of information and communication technologies (ICT) is characterised by exploitative labour conditions as well as human rights violations. Various actors are already taking steps towards creating the supply chain in a more socially responsible way. There are also a few public institutions that take social standards into consideration if it comes to their procurement of ICT products.

The symposium brought together experts from and on public procurement, regional and municipality politics, non-governmental organisations, churches and IT companies in order to discuss strategies for public institutions to improve pour labour conditions within the global IT industry.

The programme consisted of thematic presentations and hands-on workshops facilitated by international speakers. Moreover there was room to discuss current tenders in terms of their consideration of social standards.

Programme and presentations

Monday, 22nd May 2017

Keynote speeches and discussion

The workers‘ situation within the ICT production
Fahmi Panimbang, Sedane Labor Resource Center (SLRC) Indonesia
► presentation here

One year after the modernisation of procurement law – the legal status of ICT procurement
Dr. Christoph Krönke, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute of Politics and Public Law
► presentation here

New practical examples: Contracting authorities present new ICT tenders with social standards
Christoph Oldenburg (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ)
► presentation here

How did social responsibility/sustainability find its way into the frame contract 2.0 of Schleswig-Holstein’s universities and research intitutes?
Thomas Starck, Europa-University Flensburg
► presentation here

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

Panel discussion

Labour rights and workers‘ participation within the ICT sector
Christian Weis (IG Metall), Gale Raj-Reichert (Queen Mary University of London), Björn Claeson (Electronics Watch)


(A) ICT procurement in the region of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Hesse (for distributors, ICT companies und public procurement entities)
Felix Zimmermann, Bitkom

(B) Monitoring, controlling and verifying
Niclas Rydell (TCO Development), Björn Claeson (Electronics Watch)
► presentation Rydell here / Claeson here

(C) Conflict materials within the ICT tender
Julian Lageard (Intel GmbH), Oliver Sendelbach (FairLötet)
► presentation Lageard here / Sendelbach here

(D) ICT procurement at universities
Thomas Starck, Europa-University Flensburg

(E) Presentation of the Sustainability Compass
Ann-Kathrin Voge, Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Engagement Global
► presentation here

(F) Labour rights throughout the supply chain – strategies of ICT producers
Dr. Gale Raj-Reichert, Queen Mary University of London

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