KEINO is a network-based Competence center for Sustainable and Innovative public procurement in Finland. KEINO started its operations on March 2018.
The founding members responsible for the operation and co-development are were Motiva Ltd, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – Business Finland, the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and Hansel Ltd. In addition, KEINO offers regional support to public procurers in Finland in the form of regional Change Agents. KEINO Change Agents (KEINO-muutosagentti in Finnish) act as the local contact point for the Competence Centre, bringing KEINO's activities and support closer to public procurers locally. The work of Change Agents receives funding from KEINO but is performed under the employment of each Agent's own employer.
The priorities of our activities in 2022–2023 are:
- procurement of new solutions,
- implementation of ecosystem agreements with cities and
- refining lessons learned into practical tools and operating models for procurement units.
The value of the Finnish public sector’s procurements is approximately EUR 47 billion annually, or on average 20% of the country’s GDP.
KEINO is part of the Government Programme’s implementation. It is funded and steered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The strategic management of KEINO is supported by a secretariat appointed separately from the representatives of the ministries and a broad-based cooperation group.
Learn more about KEINO by reading the following articles
Competence Centre to boost sustainable and innovative public procurement | Press Release of the Finnish Government 13.3.2018
KEINO - the strategic partnership embarking upon sustainable procurement in Finland | Interview of KEINO's leading coordinator Isa-Maria Bergman in the European Comission's News Alert on green public procurement (GPP) 12/2018