Procurement Procedures & Policies

Principles of Public Procurement

The guiding principles of public procurement are based on the concept of stewardship. Public sector organizations are the stewards of public funds, which have been provided in trust to fulfill specific purposes. A significant proportion of these funds are spent through procurement processes, for which they are many stakeholders, whether as taxpayers, suppliers, or beneficiaries. These stakeholders need to be assured that the funds are being utilized correctly and for the benefit of interest groups. It is these expectations that form the basis of public procurement principles:

  1. Best value for money
  2. Fairness, integrity and transparency
  3. Open and effective competition
  4. The interest of UNFPA

Gifts and Hospitality

UNFPA has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on gifts and hospitality.

Ethics

Please read more about this topic on the Fraud & Corruption page.

Supplier Protest

Please access information on supplier protests here.

Social Responsibility

Suppliers must comply with the UNFPA General Terms and Conditions, which contain specific provisions regarding child labor, mines, and sexual exploitation.

UNFPA supports the UN Global Compact and encourages suppliers to participate. The Global Compact is a voluntary initiative covering human rights, labor rights, and the environment.