Sustainable procurement

To help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion, while at the same time address the issues of climate change, UNDP makes a shift to more sustainable production and consumption practices. Sustainable procurement means making sure that the products and services UNDP buys are as sustainable as possible, with the lowest environmental impact and most positive social results. Procurement, therefore, plays a key role in contributing to sustainable development.

The 2015-17 UNDP Procurement Strategy, which is developed in response to the 2014-17 UNDP Strategic Plan, represents a commitment by the organization to achieve the benefits Sustainable Procurement offers. As part of the strategy UNDP Procurement will focus on:

  • Incorporating sustainability criteria in the organization’s purchasing evaluations
  • Develop monitoring mechanisms and assessments to promote vendor compliance in the UNDP Supply Chain
  • Stimulating innovation via e.g. Crowd-sourcing, functional specifications and piloting innovative technologies  
  • Better Integration of procurement at the project design stages.
  • Promoting and utilizing public-private partnership with companies in the areas of innovation and sustainability
  • Enhance the already high transparency standards in UNDP’s Procurement  

Please find more information on the UNDP Procurement Website.