A major focus for sustainability work in Stockholm is social sustainability.
City purchasing and procurement
The City of Stockholm buys goods and services every year for large sums of money. This means we can have an impact and make sustainability requirements. The City may only do business with serious suppliers that pay taxes and social-security, and live up to general rules and regulations. In every procurement procedure, the City demands that companies submitting bids shall agree to the following terms:
- actively work to implement current anti-discrimination laws, and safeguard the principles that all people are equal and should have equal rights
- increase accessibility for persons with disabilities
- ensure a working environment for their employees according to Swedish laws and regulations. These regulations shall give possibilities for sanctions according to contract law.
The City shall also aspire to procurements that contribute to a positive development for society and an inclusive job market, while at the same time ensuring that companies can recruit personnel with necessary competence. The City shall require that suppliers use traineeships and other recruitment tools in order to decrease unemployment in groups outside the labor market, in cases where it is appropriate in regard to the scope and nature of the procurement.
The City as donor
The sectors of Nonprofit organizations and Culture can apply for funding according to certain criteria. To receive culture funding the applying organization must show that it follows the high standards held by the City on democracy, human rights, equal rights between women and men, and work against violence-promoting extremism. The applying organization shall also especially consider its responsibility for the work-environment from the aspects of threats, assaults, and sexual harassments.
The City´s work for human rights
The City administrations work with human rights in their daily activities: democratic, civil, economic and social rights. Written policies and goals are drawn up for how the City shall contribute to an equal, non-discriminatory and socially sustainable society.
This takes place in core operations such as the social services, schools, and elderly care. Certain groups, such as children, persons with disabilities, and national minorities, for instance, have special rights considered in the City´s operations.
The City has a special HBTQ - program. It´s main goal is that everyone shall be treated equally, have their rights met and not be discriminated against. Many City administrations and operations have undergone trainings in these fields.
The City of Stockholm has three ombudsmen:
- ombudsman for children
- ombudsman for people with disabilities
- ombudsman for the elderly
The ombudsmen shall collect and spread knowledge in their respective areas, contribute so that the City fulfills its responsibilities according to international conventions, and support the City´s operative organizations in their work to create better conditions for children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Many people living in Stockholm belong to the national minorities of Sweden: Romany, Jews, Saami, Tornedalians, and Sweden Finns. These groups have special rights and the City is the responsible administrator for the finnish, meänkieli and sami languages.
Cooperation with businesses in Stockholm – the Integration pact
In the Integration pact, companies, civic society, and public organizations collaborate to contribute to a more inclusive job market and city. The purpose of the pact is to do something about the fact that thousands of people stand without work even though that many job openings remain vacant.