Supplies and Logistics

Procurement Policies

UNICEF follows the Common Guidelines for Procurement by Organizations in the UN System.

The objective of procurement activities within UNICEF is the timely acquisition of the right goods, works and services, while addressing:

  • UNICEF's mandate;
  • fairness, integrity and transparency, through competition;
  • economy and effectiveness; and;
  • best value for money.

Further, UNICEF:

  • only purchases goods and equipment to implement its mandate;
  • purchases primarily from manufacturers and authorized representatives;
  • evaluates and registers suppliers with which it does business;
  • uses primarily competitive tendering for all procurement;
  • invites an appropriate geographical range of suppliers to tender;
  • purchases products that comply with recognised technical standards;
  • does not purchase from companies employing child labour, nor manufacturers of land mines and their components (see paragraphs below).

UN Supplier Code of Conduct and the Global Compact

Companies doing business with the United Nations are required to accept and comply with the UN Supplier Code of Conduct.

The UN Supplier Code of Conduct reflects the ten principles of the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact is a voluntary international network set up to advance responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles. The UN strongly encourages all suppliers to actively participate in the Global Compact – for more information, please visit the Global Compact website at:

Children’s Rights and Business Principles

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles  provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the impact of business on the rights and well-being of children and set out business actions to respect and support children’s rights. Save the Children, the UN Global Compact and UNICEF hope that these Principles will serve as inspiration and a guide for all business in their interactions with children.

Child labour

UNICEF fully subscribes to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and draws the attention of potential suppliers to Article 32 of the Convention that requires that a child shall be protected from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. UNICEF reserves the right to terminate any contract unconditionally and without liability in the event that the supplier is discovered to be in non-compliance with the national labour laws and regulations with respect to child employment.


UNICEF requires each supplier to guarantee that neither the supplier's company, nor any of its affiliates, nor any subsidiaries controlled by the supplier's company, is engaged in the sale or manufacture of anti-personnel mines or of components utilized in the manufacture of anti-personnel mines. The supplier recognizes that a breach of this provision will entitle UNICEF to terminate its contract with the supplier.



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