Day Two – Procurement Stream

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Using Procurement as an Opportunity for Improving Social and Environmental Outcomes

Chris Bennett

Like doctors, engineers often approach their projects from the perspective of ‘first do no harm’. But investment projects also provide opportunities to have positive outcomes by contributing to the wider social and environmental agenda that society is increasingly embracing. Often, these outcomes can be achieved at little or no additional cost to the client. This presentation will touch on how the World Bank is using its procurement practices as a vehicle for positive change in areas as diverse as managing the influx of workers to road safety to environmental management.

Chris Bennett is a Lead Transport Specialist for the World Bank and the Advisor for the transport sector on addressing environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) issues. As ‘Cluster Leader’ for the Pacific Islands, Chris oversees a portfolio of over 25 aviation, land and maritime projects in nine countries. Addressing the challenges of climate change is a key consideration, and Chris has led key initiatives on integrating climate change into asset management decisions, as well as how to address climate change risk in performance based contracting.  As ESHS Advisor, he is helping to minimize the negative social and environmental consequences from projects.