Read about the policies that guide our procurement activities. Suppliers are expected to have reviewed and comply by these policies. Suppliers are expected to have reviewed and comply by these policies.
UNICEF follows the common guidelines for procurement by organizations in the UN System. The objective of our procurement activities is the timely acquisition of the appropriate products, works and services, while addressing:
- UNICEF’s mandate
- Fairness, integrity and transparency, through competition
- Economy and effectiveness
- Best value for money
- Only purchases products 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 recognized technical standards.
- Does not purchase from companies employing child labour, nor manufacturers of land mines and their components.
Common guidelines for procurement by organizations in the UN
Visit the United Nations Global Marketplace and get tips on how to enter the UN market for products and services.
UN Supplier Code of Conduct
Companies doing business with the UN are required to accept and comply with UN standards of human rights, labour, environmental & anti-corruption practices.
The Global Compact
The Global Compact is an international network that advances responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles.
UNICEF fully subscribes to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in which Article 32 states 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 if a supplier is discovered to be non-compliant with applicable national labour laws and regulations with respect to child employment.
UNICEF requires every supplier to guarantee that neither the supplier's company, nor any of its affiliates and 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.
More to explore
Zero tolerance policy on gifts and hospitality
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on gifts and hospitality, in line with our ethical values that drive us to maintain objectivity and independence.
Policy Prohibiting and Combatting Fraud and Corruption
This policy outlines the steps to be taken in response to good-faith reports of possible fraud and corruption.
UNICEF’s Information Disclosure Policy
UNICEF is committed to making information about its programmes and operations available to the public.
The UNICEF Transparency Portal
This portal is part of our efforts to being open and transparent through direct communication to the public on how and where we use resources.
UNICEF Procedure on Sustainable Procurement
The procedure is one of UNICEF's responses to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Promoting the protection and safeguarding of children
See UNICEF's policy that affirms our long-standing commitment to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
UNICEF Supply Division standard contractual texts
Adoption of e-signatures for procurement documents
UNICEF has introduced the use of electronic signature for procurement documents (purchase orders, service contracts and long-term agreements), which is a solution delivered through a third-party application, DocuSign. This solution is currently only being used by UNICEF Supply Division. Vendors will be notified of any UNICEF procurement documents requiring their review and signature in an email notification from DocuSign (clearly marked with the name of the relevant UNICEF staff member). Please note that, even for documents issued as e-signature documents, vendors will still be able to print and sign on paper by using DocuSign’s Print and Sign function.
Watch this video for guidance on how to sign a document using DocuSign
UNICEF e-submissions platform
UNICEF Supply Division and some UNICEF Country Offices are using an e-submissions platform for specific solicitation exercises. Please note that all open tenders are advertised in the usual way on United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) tender notices page – and that the project description in the UNGM notice will make it clear that the tender will be run through the e-submissions system.