Buying for a better world

10 Jun 2016 by Bruce McCarron, Director, Office of Operations, Legal and Technology, UNDP and Dominic Grace, Director, Office of Sourcing and Operations, UNDP

Sustainable procurement means making sure that the products and services we buy are as sustainable as possible – both economically, socially, and environmentally. Photo: UNDP
At first glance, procurement may seem like something that happens in the background – a specialized, technical and potentially narrow part of UNDP’s work. But procurement touches everything from buying office vehicles, health commodities and election materials to procuring energy systems as well as consultancy services. All these activities combined form a strategic function that is, not only due to its large share of our yearly expenditures, an extremely important part of our work. In our efforts to help countries end poverty and significantly reduce inequalities and exclusion – in parallel with measures to combat climate change – UNDP is striving to adopt more sustainable production and consumption practices. … Read more

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