Operations of the joint procurement unit

This year was the second whole year that Hansel offered its services to all of Finland’s public administration, and the first that the use of the agreements exceeded a billion euros. The implementation of the integration strategy that started after the reorganisation of the company and its ownership in the autumn of 2019 is progressing well as an increasing number of municipal customers have found Hansel’s services.

The tasks and role of a central purchasing body are defined in legislation on public procurement and the Act on a Limited Liability Company Called Hansel Oy. The company’s customers are also specified in the Act on a Limited Liability Company Called Hansel Oy. They include ministries and their agencies, certain other government agencies, universities and universities of applied sciences, Keva, municipalities, joint municipal authorities, parishes and other purchasing bodies in the regional administration. Hansel is owned by the State of Finland (65%) and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (35%).

Hansel’s aim is to create savings for society by tendering and maintaining the joint procurement agreements for services and products that bring significant benefits in the form of prices, quality and process costs. Hansel also offers procurement tendering and development services.

As a joint procurement unit, Hansel’s operation promotes high-quality procurement, fair treatment of suppliers and competition by organising tendering to ensure the markets work effectively.

Hansel’s operations are funded by service fees for joint procurement charged from the contractual suppliers and the sales of expert services. The service fee is based on the purchases made, and it can be a maximum of 1.50 per cent, depending on the procured target. The average service fee in 2021 was 0.88% (0.95% in 2020).

Hansel’s memberships in organisations

  • Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Finnish Association of Communications Professionals (ProCom)
  • Information Society Development Centre (TIEKE)
  • Service Sector Employers (PALTA)
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors Finland
  • Oy Nooan Arkki AB (Green Office environmental programme)
  • Finnish Business & Society (FIBS)
  • Association of Public Procurement