Hansel in brief

Hansel Ltd is a state-owned, non-profit limited liability company, the purpose of which is to generate savings to the state with efficient procurement operations. Hansel puts out to tender and maintains framework agreements related to product procurements. In addition to framework agreements, Hansel offers its customers procurement expert services: tendering expertise, legal services and procurement development services.

Hansel’s role and duty as a central procurement unit are specified in the Act on Public Contracts, the Act on a Limited Liability Company Called Hansel Oy, and in the State Procurement Strategy. Hansel’s customers consist of ministries, their subordinate departments and certain other government agencies.

Through responsibly run operations, the central procurement unit promotes high-quality procurement and the equal, non-discriminatory treatment of suppliers in the tendering process. Hansel's objective is to also promote open competition and organise tendering processes in a manner that fosters efficient market operations.

Hansel operates under the ownership steering of the Ministry of Finance. The company’s operations are mainly funded by service fees based on realised procurement that are collected from suppliers. Currently, the maximum service fee that may be charged is 1.50 per cent of contract value, while the average service fee in 2016 was 1.06 per cent (1.09 in 2015).