We know that human health and environmental health can no longer be kept separate. This is a unique time to transform our food systems in the WHO European Region. Public institutions should lead by example and are important mechanisms for influencing behaviour change. They have broad reach and are an important policy lever, as they include government and public workplace canteens, hospitals and schools and so on.
We have developed a manual written by a public procurement officer for public procurement officers to guide them in procuring healthy and sustainable food. This manual is a comprehensive resource that covers all aspects of procurement and guides the procurement officer in adopting procurement practices that promote healthy and sustainable diets. It also includes case study examples to showcase best practice and demonstrate how each stage can be managed.