Sello Empresa Mujer - Gender Responsive Procurement in Buenos Aires
The “Company Woman Seal” is a milestone in the gender equality strategy of the City of Buenos Aires. The Sustainable Public Procurement Area of the General Procurement and Contract Department in collaboration with other government areas, designed and implemented a gender-responsive public procurement policy, which is unique in the country of Argentina. The overarching aim is to promote women’s economic autonomy, not only to achieve greater equity but also to generate economic development opportunities that benefit businesses and the community.
“We want to encourage the participation of women in leadership positions and in the public procurement market of the City. For that we need to have more accurate information regarding our suppliers and thus understand what are the problems that women face when they want to access the public shopping market as suppliers. In this way, we can provide better tools to overcome these obstacles”, said General Director of Purchasing and Contracting, Marisa Tojo.
The Company Woman Seal is a voluntary identification mechanism of women suppliers who are registered in the Single and Permanent Computerized Registration of Suppliers (RIUPP) of the System of Procurement and Contracts of Goods and Services of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. This mechanism was created to promote and to make visible the real participation of women in the public market.
The Company Woman Seal may be granted to:
- Women duly registered in the RIUPP, whose legitimate administrator is a woman;
- Legal entities duly registered in the RIUPP who inform and prove compliance with the following requirements:
- The ownership of 50% or more of the company belongs to one or more women;
- 50% or more of the administration and direction of the business is in charge of one or more women.
The incorporation of women into the labour market contributes to human, intellectual and economic development, rises competitiveness, promotes economic and decision-making autonomy for women, and impacts positively on the gross product.
The General Directorate of Procurement and Contracts also worked on the development of a guide of recommendations for areas which buy within the government. This is to enable procurements to incorporate the identification or weighting of companies that carry out gender policies in their specifications.
Strengthening women's role as providers of the government means investing in greater social and economic development. In this sense, public procurement is a way to boost this enhancement, as well as to reduce poverty and to promote greater social equality and economic development in the country.
The city understands gender responsible procurement as part of their responsibility of the Government. It is not only a suppliers’ commitment, but the public authority must shape the practice in a way that generates higher value for money. Hence, the city realises its responsibility by carrying out public purchasing processes more efficiently and to improve the levels of equity and economic development of the City as a whole.
The City of Buenos Aires, a member of ICLEI's Global Lead Cities Network on Sustainable Procurement, has positioned itself as a regional leader in Sustainable Public Procurement since 2012, when it started implementing SPP policies, encouraging other organizations to replicate them. Learn more about their procurement action here.