Formulate ambitions & call for proposal

To ensure successful circular procurement project it is important that the cooperating parties have matching ambitions. The starting point is a clear definition of your own ambition for the procurement project. This also includes an assessment of your specific needs: what are you really hoping to achieve? For example, do you need new office chairs or good office chairs (that need not necessarily be new)? Or, do you need lamps or do you need lighting? Thinking in terms of the deeper needs of an organisation reveals more opportunities for circular solutions.


  • Formulate a circular ambition that fits both the product group and the policies of your organisation.
  • At the start of the procurement project determine the deeper needs of your organisation instead of the derived product request.
  • Functional specifications better fulfil the needs and at the same time allow you to take advantage of the market’s knowledge and innovative potential.
  • Functional specifications are not sacrosanct! When dealing with an immature market or a simple product, technical specifications with due regard for circularity may provide the necessary guidance for market players.

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