Operations of the joint procurement unit

Hansel’s strategy year for growth has begun excellently. The year 2023 was exceptionally profitable. The using rate of joint procurement contracts grew, reaching a new record of €1.6 million, and other key performance goals were significantly exceeded. In accordance with the strategy, growth is sought especially with municipalities and wellbeing services counties, which have the highest potential for growth, but there was also significant growth with governmental customer relationships.

The role and function of the central contracting authority is defined in public procurement legislation 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, wellbeing services counties, and other contracting entities under them. Hansel is owned by the State of Finland (65%) and the Association of Finnish Municipalities (35%).

Hansel’s aim is to arrange tendering and maintain joint procurement contracts for services and products that bring significant benefits in the form of prices, quality and process cost savings. Hansel also offers procurement tendering and development services. It also manages and develops Hilma, the public procurement notification platform, on a mandate and with funding from the Ministry of Finance.

As a central contracting authority, Hansel’s operations promote high-quality procurement, fair treatment of suppliers and competition by organising tendering to ensure the markets work effectively.

Hansel finances its operations through service fees for contractual joint procurement suppliers and the sales of expert services. The service fees are based on purchases, and the maximum fee is 1.50% of the contract value. The average service fee in 2023 was 0.85% (0.83% in 2022).