Expert work to support the project:
“Strengthen Social Dialogue to Improve Sustainable
practices in the European Extractive Industries”
Call for tenders for subcontracting an expert in the framework of the EU project “Strengthen Social
Dialogue to Improve Sustainable practices in the European Extractive Industries”
The project partners will publish the call on their respective websites (IndustriAll European Trade
Union & Euromines) on the 13 November 2023. The deadline for submission of bids is 13 December
2023 at noon (12.00).
1. Context of the project
IndustriAll European trade union (industriAll Europe) and Euromines have engaged in an EU funded
project aiming at Strengthening Social Dialogue to Improve Sustainable practices in the European
Mineral raw materials are today more crucial than ever in Europe to face the ecological and digital
transition. They are vital for key industrial and strategic value chains in Europe as they are essential
for the manufacture of the green technologies that will enable Europe to meet its climate objectives.
The European Green Deal commits to a climate-neutral economy by 2050 and the need for raw
materials to facilitate this energy transition is huge and in constant evolution. But Europe is currently
highly dependent on other countries for certain key mineral raw materials, questioning its autonomy
but also in some ways, the possibility of the transition itself.
Therefore, the European Commission has adopted a series of initiatives relevant to mineral raw
materials, including some concrete recommendations to tackle these strategic dependencies and
develop its industrial policy. Alongside a strong circular economy, domestic extraction will have a key
role to play in this regard. However, European extractive industries face different challenges in order
to move in this direction, including some occasional strong local opposition due to environmental
and social concerns. The European Commission has therefore launched initiatives to highlight and
strengthen the message that within the EU, sustainable and responsible domestic sourcing and
processing of raw materials is taking place. A link has also been made to deliver the Just Transition in
former and transitioning coal and non-carbon mining regions in Europe, with the development of
new European domestic extraction activities in these regions.
The social partners of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Extractive Industries
(SSDCEI) are convinced that social dialogue initiatives can help to secure responsible and sustainable
raw materials and that they have a role to play in the Just Transition that Europe is currently facing.
There is a broad relevance and acceptance of sustainability for policy development and initiatives or
projects, but the social dimension of these is sometimes missing. Therefore, this project will help to
complement and build opportunities highlighting the challenges and benefits of social dialogue in
the European extractive industries’ activities towards more sustainability. Based on this, the projectwill help to strengthen social dialogue and improve the social dimension of sustainable practices in
the European extractive industries. Concretely, this project will identity examples of how sustainable
mining has been developed and social acceptance built, with the help of social dialogue initiatives at
European, national, sectoral and company level.
2. Outline of the overall project in which the work of the expert will be included
The project will be implemented over 2 years, starting on 1st November 2023 and ending on 31
The project will be carried out with the financial support by the European Commission, DG EMPL,
under the contract number 101102326 — SODISEES — SOCPL-2022-SOC-DIALOG.
The project aims to highlight the challenges and benefits of social dialogue in the European
extractive industries’ activities towards more sustainability. Therefore, there is a clear need to have
an updated diagnostic report on the initiatives and best practices for social dialogue on sustainable
raw materials across Europe, which will also identify the main challenges. There will be a need to
discuss the findings with the relevant stakeholders (social partners) and to use an appropriate tool to
disseminate these in order to strengthen the capacity of the social partners to intervene in public
debates on these matters.
The project will consist of the following elements to achieve its objectives:
• A report to identify all relevant current and future initiatives and best practices of social
dialogue on sustainable raw materials in specific areas that are the most important for social
dialogue discussions: working conditions (including skills), health and safety at work and job
transition. All these areas will also be approached with a gender perspective. This report will
be based on desk research who will assess the current state of play of sustainable raw
materials in Europe, mapping and collection of examples via desk research, qualitative
interviews, and complemented by the workshops.
• A kick-off event and three workshops in three different regions, which will help to feed the
report and also strengthen the capacity of European and national social partners to benefit
social dialogue in improving sustainable raw materials. The workshops will focus specifically
on three topics: 1) working conditions (including reskilling and upskilling) 2) health and
safety at work 3) job transition that will be further investigated and developed. The
workshops will gather the social partners from the regions, but also from other identified
regions, to exchange about the different challenges.
• The conception of a toolkit and communication materials based on the report to create a
tailor-made toolkit and a website (on a participant’s website) to communicate, disseminate
and promote social dialogue actions for sustainable raw material extraction to policy
makers, social partners and company representatives (from large to small), in order to equip
them to be able to take part in the debate
• The final dissemination based on the presentation and dissemination of collection and
analysis of best practices of social dialogues in sustainable raw materials extraction. Final
conference aims to present and discuss the outcomes of the project with policy makers. It
will contribute to the European debates and policies on sustainable practices in the
European extractive industries.The project is expected to generate positive changes to the role of social dialogue to improve
sustainable mining in Europe, as follows:
• Promoting and strengthening the role of social partners in reinforcing sustainable
raw material extraction
• Strengthening synergies and exchanges between national and European social
• Increase in the cooperation between employers and employees’ organisations with
the focus on the development of sustainable activities in the extractive industries
• Transfer of knowledge from large to small companies and vice-versa
• Reinforcement of the image and public perception of the extractive industries
• Promotion of the sector as a contributor to sustainable development in Europe and
a leader in innovation
• Enhancement of the understanding of the challenges of sustainable raw material
extraction in Europe (including the role of social dialogue)
• Building of a European database of social dialogue best practices, challenges, and
opportunities for sustainable raw materials at European, national, sectoral and
3. Work plan of the overall project in which the work of the expert will be included
The project will be implemented in five stages:
1) The first stage will start with the kick-off activities: setting up of the Steering
Committee and first meeting to pave the way for the implementation of the project.
It will be followed by the tendering for external expertise and the selection of the
expert for the data collection and analysis.
2) The second phase is dedicated to the collection of examples of best practices of
social dialogue in European sustainable extractive industries and the analytical work
of the expert.
• A kick-off event will be held to present the project and its orientation and launch the
research on good practices.
• The external consultant will begin the data collection via desk research and
• The Steering Committee will discuss and prepare the three workshops.
• The three workshops will be held to examine the role of social dialogue in
sustainable and responsible domestic extraction and collect data and present some
concrete examples in the different regions (Nordic countries, South, East)
• The report will be published.
3) The third phase consists of the development of a toolkit of best practices and
communication materials based on the findings of the report.
4) The fourth phase is dedicated to dissemination and the final conference. The
conference will be the occasion to present findings and tools with a wider audience:
participants from the social partners’ organisations, representatives of the EU
institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, national authorities, etc. ).5) The fifth stage will see the compilation of all the communication materials and
reports, dissemination via different channels, evaluation with the Steering
Committee and decisions on follow-up activities.
4. Tasks to be performed by the subcontractor
Given the information around the project outlined above, the subcontractor is required to develop a
research and deliver a report to identify the social pilar of sustainable extractive industries and how
social dialogue help to achieve this. The report will map relevant initiatives and best practices of
social dialogue on sustainable raw materials in three specific areas that are the most important for
social dialogue discussions: working conditions (including skills), health and safety at work and job
transition, each time at the European, national, sectoral and company level. This report will be based
on desk research to assess the European extractive industry work towards more social sustainability,
mapping and collection of examples via desk research, qualitative interviews, and complemented by
More specifically, the tasks of the subcontractor will be the following
• Establish a global assessment of the current and future trends of the extractive
industries in Europe as a background for the report
• Establish a global assessment of the social dialogue and industrial relations in the
• Identified, with the help of the project’s team, relevant areas of “social
sustainability” and how social dialogue can help to achieve this
• Collect, map, analyse and report on examples and good practices of social dialogue
initiatives at the company and sectoral level using background information on the
role of social dialogue in “sustainable extraction” (desk research and
examples/best practices and collection of initiatives)
• These collection and analysis will be based on
o Desk research
o 3 workshops that will be co-organised with the project’s team
• Draft a preliminary report based on this collection and analysis of examples and
good practices of social dialogue initiatives
• Draft a final report taking into consideration the review of the preliminary report by
the project’s team and the steering committee
• Participate and co-organise the 3 workshops and the final conference
• Participate to the steering committee (3 online meetings by updating steering
committee members on the drafting of the report, collecting inputs and updating
• Participate in the sectoral social dialogue committee for extractive industry meeting
• Work in close coordination with industriAll Europe and Euromines throughout the
• Potential identification of recommendations to improve social dialogue practices in
the sector5. Guidance and indications on tasks execution and methodology
The research and report have to be produced taking into consideration the aims of the project. For
this, the subcontractor will work under the supervision and guidance of the industriAll Europe and
Euromines’ project team and the project’s Steering Committee.
Task execution shall be in direct and constant contact with industriAll Europe and Euromines ; drafts
of the researches and reports shall be revised jointly by Euromines and industriAll Europe before being
6. Expertise, experience and skills required
The drafting of the report requires sound and proven expertise in the following fields:
• Expertise on European extractive industry sector and its social dialogue and industrial relations
• Experience in working on European level projects;
• Experience in working with trade unions and employers’ organisations at both European and
• Proven ability to carry out in-depth research
Proven ability in collecting best practices, analyse them and compile them with good
• Proven research skills, including identifying stakeholders and conducting interviews and
collecting good practices;
• High proficiency in English: ability to draft documents and make presentations in English;
• Ability to work within specified deadlines and to respect budgetary limits;
• Availability to participate to meetings of the Steering Committee (online meetings);
• Availably to travel across Europe (travels for 3 workshops and interviews)
7. Payments and standards contracts:
The contract will be drawn up between industriAll Europe and the contractor. A regular contract will
be signed, including the description of the activities and conditions included in the present invitation
to tender. Terms of payment will be similar to those provided by the European Commission. They
will be specified in the contract to be signed.
The maximum funding for this work is EUR 50 050 euros (all taxes and charges included).
Travels and accommodation costs for the major activities (workshops, final conference and travels
for the research) will be reimbursed separately by industriAll Europe, upon presentation of
justification documents (invoices, boarding passes, tickets) and following EU reimbursement rules.Any logistical costs that occur in the framework of the research are included in the price for
The selection of expert will be made on the basis of the following:
• As a basic principle the contract will be awarded to the tender offering best value for money
• CV of the tenderer that demonstrates relevant experience in the area of the project (expertise in
social dialogue, expertise in extractive industry sector and industrial relations in the sector)
• Knowledge of the European extractive industry sector
• Knowledge of social dialogue and industrial relations at all level
• Demonstration of expertise including a presentation of a study approach to be included in the bid
• Previous experience and familiarity with the work of (European) Social Partners and European
Social Dialogue Committees
• English language proficiency/ability to deliver the project outcomes in proficient English.
10. Award criteria:
The contract will be awarded on the basis of the contractor that submits the bid demonstrating the
best value for money taking into account all the selection criteria and no award will be made if the
bidders fail to achieve 70% in the evaluation of the bids against the selection criteria.
11. Content and presentation of the bids:
The bids should contain at least two sections:
i) Technical proposal
The technical proposal must provide all the information needed for the purpose of awarding the
• Specific information covering the technical and professional capacity, as required, in
– Description of relevant professional experience with emphasis on the specific fields
covered by the invitation to tender;
– Detailed curriculum vitae of key coordinator and of the other team members;
– A selection of the main works and/or articles published by all the experts involved, in
relation to the relevant subjects specified in this tender. Links to publications and
previous projects/works sustaining experience are strongly encouraged and
– The detailed list of international partners/networks the applicant is used to work with
and the references of the specific related achievements• Specific information concerning the proposed methodology for delivering the tasks listed in
ii) Financial proposal
Prices of the financial proposal must be quoted in euros, including if the sub-contractor is based in a
country which is not in the euro-area. As far as the tenderers of those countries are concerned, they
cannot change the amount of the bid because of the evolution of the exchange rate. The tenderers
choose the exchange rate and assume all risks or opportunities relating to the rate fluctuation.
12. Presentation of the bids:
The bids should be submitted in English to industriAll Europe, Sophie Grenade
firstname.lastname@example.org and Euromines, Fernando Sanchez email@example.com.
The short-listed candidates may be invited to present their bids to the project’s team composed of
the secretariat of Euromines and industriAll Europe.
13. Deadline for submission of the bids
The complete bid should be sent to the above-mentioned e-mail address with a request for
confirmation of receipt at the latest on 13 December 2023 at 11:59 hours CET.