The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) should be the overarching framework for public procurement in Wales.

The Act provides an opportunity to transform the way procurement is delivered to ensure the £6 billion spent by public bodies in Wales delivers the best outcomes across all four pillars of well-being – social, economic, environmental and cultural – for current and future generations. This combined with procurement being one of the seven corporate areas for change in the statutory guidance (SPSF1) means it should be a key area of focus for public bodies in meeting their obligations under the Act.

As the guardian of future generations, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe has identified Procurement as an area of focus  throughout 2019-20. The Commissioner is conducting procurement research to establish the extent to which the Act is informing the procurement process and procurement decisions.

Working in collaboration with Cardiff University, the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales has been undertaking research and engagement with all 44 Public Bodies to find out what progress is being made and identify what further support or guidance may be needed. The team have been attending forums, events and meetings and gathering evidence to explore the opportunities to consistently embed the Act through the commissioning, procurement and contract management processes.

The Commissioner welcomes examples of procurement work that could become case studies. Please email Contact Us, FAO: Procurement case studies. 

The examples of good practice, additional guidance as well as further information about our findings will be published by Summer 2020. 

In addition, there are resources produced by the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales that may provide further guidance. 

– The Art of the possible is one of the Commissioner’s main programs of work, setting out a positive vision for Wales. You can find some advice in these Journeys

– The Future Generations Framework has been created to support the public sector and others in Wales to deliver projects and infrastructure fit for the future. 


In light of the current crisis and the additional pressure being place on Public Bodies who are dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the Commissioner has decided to pause the Section 20 Procurement Review that she triggered on March 9th 2020.  

The situation will be reassessed in six months and the Commissioner will resume the Procurement Review once there is less strain on the capacity of Chief Executives, procurement teams and colleagues who will understandably be working hard to respond to the current pandemic.  

Many examples of individuals and organisations embracing the spirit of the Act during this incredibly difficult period are emerging. Please share any examples you come across at


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