The Cluster Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Greater Region, coordinated by EcoTransFaire, organised with its partners for the SSE companies of the Greater Region, the

“First cross-border business convention on sustainable procurement”

Event organised with the support of Mouves Grand Est, CRESS GRAND EST, ULESS – Union luxembourgeoise de l’économie sociale et solidaire, CCI Grand Nancy, the municipality of Mont-Saint-Martin.

On the programme : 140 participants from 4 countries, 90 companies, local authorities and associations !
The morning round table brought together some exceptional guests:
  • Mathieu Klein (President of the Department of Meurthe-et-Moselle) who underlined the economic stakes of responsible purchasing with sectors where resources are not available.
  • Yannick Marting (Purchasing and Logistics Director at the Shopping Village Pall Center): “Buying a product means understanding its history and respecting the supplier“.
  • Philippe Lerouvillois (Manager Valoprest, Florange Ecologie Industrielle et Insertion (Fe2i)) presented the innovative ecological channels and its purchasing policy.
  • Sandrine Grumberg  (Viasourcing Manager): “There is intelligence to be shared; (…) why buy new!?”.
  • Pit Winandy (DG Employment Forum, not-for-profit organisation) which presented the innovative partnership with Creos Luxembourg.

In the afternoon, 600 exchanges took place during the personalised business meetings.  

No less than a hundred sales, collaboration or service agreements were formalised at the end of the event. The many positive feedback that was expressed highlights the following :

  • The rediscovery of previously unsuspected local suppliers (some companies used to turn to Paris for services available near them!) ;
  • The (more) global approach adopted by SSE companies;
  • The great transparency of “speed meeting” exchanges;
  • The value of sharing good practices in cross-border cooperation;
  • New opportunities for SSE companies to participate in future public purchases (which represent nearly EUR 100 million for a department such as Meurthe et Moselle) …

And requests for a 2020 edition !

In response to this, numerous working sessions were held with the Cluster partners for a 2020 convention in Saarbrücken. Due to Covid-19, the convention that was to take place in June has been postponed to a later date..

For more information, contact Frédéric THEATE (ftheate@ecotransfaire.eu)