For many years now, at PATSA we have worked with the desire to help make a better society, recognising our social responsibility, incorporating environment clauses and social criteria into tenders, and consolidating the application of CSR concepts through purchasing and tenders.


Responsible procurement is boosted by both European and Barcelona City Council directives. In 2015, twelve technical instructions for applying sustainability criteria came into force.


In 2016, Barcelona City Council had available for the first time a Social Public Procurement Guide, a pioneering document in Spain that should be applied by the entire City Council and companies and entities with a majority stake which form part of the Municipal Group. The drafting of these new criteria for awarding contracts was the outcome of discussion and consensus with business sectors, unions, associations and citizen entities.


The bidding conditions will include requirements to decrease the importance of the economic offer in public bids and to promote the protection of small and medium-sized companies, employment rights, the cooperative, social and solidarity economy, fair trade, gender equality, respect for functional diversity, non-sexist practices and respect for work-life balance.


Social reserve

Barcelona City Council establishes an annual amount that must be awarded via the social reserve. Contracts open to the social reserve can be works and services to conserve property, social services, messaging, correspondence and distribution services, graphic arts services, cleaning and laundry services, restaurant services, waste transport services, auxiliary services and supply, or any other contractual object suited to applying the reserve.  To this effect, the following groups deserve special attention:


  • People on income support.
  • People with a certified disability of 33% or more.
  • Women victims of gender violence (physical or psychological) and victims of domestic violence.
  • Young people between 16 and 30 years old that come from juvenile protection centres.
  • Prison inmates whose situation enables them to have a job, people on parole and ex-prisoners in the first twelve months following their release.
  • People with problems of drug addiction and alcoholism who are in the process of rehabilitation and social reinsertion.
  • People who are not eligible for income support but, in the opinion of the competent public services, are at risk of social exclusion.