UNDP and UN Global Compact Team Up to Advance Sustainable Procurement at the UN
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Global Compact have joined forces to launch a new vendor outreach effort to improve corporate sustainability in procurement. Through web-based materials, and extensive training and guidance provided by UNDP and the Global Compact, this initiative aims to ensure that products and services purchased by UNDP are sustainable – minimizing environmental impact while enhancing positive social outcomes.
The timing of this initiative coincides with the rollout of UNDP’s new policy on sustainable procurement and an accompanying Practitioner’s Guide to Sustainable Procurement. The policy will award additional points to proposals from vendors who demonstrate a commitment to sustainable business practices through their participation in the Global Compact.
“Coordination between UNDP and the UN Global Compact is critical to making our sustainable procurement effort a success,” said Jens Wandel, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau of Management at UNDP. “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.”
As sustainable development plays an expanding role in the global development agenda, introducing sustainability principles at the project level offers benefits including improved resource efficiency and product quality, and reduced costs. The initiative is a key first step toward shifting the UN system toward more sustainable production and consumption practices.
UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell praised the collaboration, stating, “I am 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.”
Source: UN Global Compact website