UN publishes sustainable procurement guidance

22 August 2013

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23 August 2013 | Will Green 

The United Nations has launched two initiatives to boost sustainability in its procurement.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Global Compact have joined forces to produce a “vendor outreach programme”, including web-based materials, training and guidance to “ensure that products and services purchased by UNDP are sustainable”. 

At the same time the UNDP is rolling out a policy that rewards suppliers who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, along with a new Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement.

Jens Wandel, UNDP assistant secretary general, said: “Coordination between UNDP and the UN Global Compact is critical to making our sustainable procurement effort a success. 

“Vendors are an important stakeholder in the procurement process and this effort between UNDP and the Global Compact will provide them with the information they need to become more sustainable in their business practices.”

The guide includes sections on increasing sustainability at the stages of request for proposal, invitation to bid and drafting terms of reference. 

The guide states: “UNDP is committed to sustainable procurement and will maximise environmental, social and economic considerations in the procurement process wherever and wherever possible.”

Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, said: “I’m very pleased with the work that UNDP and the Global Compact have done to advance sustainable procurement. This joint effort will assist vendors in embedding environmental, social and governance issues within their core business practices.”

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