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Supplies and Logistics

Commitment to transparency

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UNICEF’s global commitment to transparency is reflected in the publication of its Information Disclosure Policy in 2010. Because of the sensitivity of procurement issues, Supply Division has always published information on major international procurement solicitation notices, and international contracts awarded, as well as annual procurement data by supplier, country, amount, and type of service or commodity.

In 2011, we also began publishing historical price data for key products and are beginning to require manufacturers to agree to the publication of the prices they charge us. As the world’s largest buyer of children’s vaccines, the decision to publish historical Vaccine Price Data supports UNICEF’s commitment to ensure that vaccine supply is sustainable and affordable.

Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) - UNICEF has worked long and hard to diversify its supplier base for this important product - with 22 per cent of 2013 procurement coming from Africa. Click here to view historical RUTF Price Data.

Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) - Since the invention of this type of mosquito net, UNICEF has worked to diversify the supplier base, in terms of both numbers and geographical location, to enable industry to grow to a scale sufficient for every child in malaria-endemic countries  to sleep under such a net. Here you can view historical LLIN Price Data.

UNICEF fully endorses the WHO/UNFPA developed policy to use only Auto-Disable Syringes in immunization services to prevent the transfer of blood-borne diseases. UNICEF further ensures that for all injectable vaccine doses delivered, sufficient numbers of AD syringes, reconstitution syringes and safety boxes are bundled in the order. In line with the commitment to transparency, you can here view current AD Syringe and Safety Box Price Data.

UNICEF Supply Division regularly hosts meetings with suppliers to address issues around the global availability of essential commodities. For details of fothrcoming and previous meetings, click here.

The Supply Annual Report discusses aspects of UNICEF’s interaction with the market, and includes detailed annexes on: supplier countries by dollar value, how much we spent with individual companies, where the supplies are used, by country and value, and numbers invited to bid (and responses) by country. Previous Supply Annual Reports are also available here.

The UNICEF Supply Catalogue includes a wealth of technical knowledge on essential commodities for children, including indicative prices charged for all items.

Click here to see what UNICEF Supply Division procured offshore and from whom since January 2001.

UNICEF does not make any profit, but is required to recover its costs from providing our Procurement Services (for instance to governments) by charging a handling fee. Click here to view our Handling Fees.

For more information, you can contact us at supply@unicef.org.


For further information about UNICEF's global commitment to transparency, click here.



UN Report on Transparency and Public Procurement

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