UNFPA Green Procurement Strategy

Wed, 15/01/14

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is using its influence to ensure its suppliers are doing all they can to reduce their environmental footprint. 2013 saw the launch of UNFPA’s Green Procurement Strategy which introduces an environmental component to the organizations’ procurement practices.

The purpose of the strategy is to set out the framework for UNFPA’s work on green procurement. The strategy outlines how UNFPA will engage with suppliers and other stakeholders, including employees, to agree a set of requirements that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of the items UNFPA procures. By collaborating with stakeholders UNPFA aims to establish environmental standards that are both realistic and ambition, incentivising suppliers to strive to meet and exceed the standards set.
 
Specific environment goals are described in this Green Procurement Strategy. Firstly, the strategy outlines the environmental focus areas for which UNFPA would like to set up requirements and secondly the process through which suppliers are expected to demonstrate that they meet these requirements. To make improvements, suppliers can exercise influence in four parts of their organisation: at the site level (operation of site and production), in their own supply chain, in their products and in relation to end users.
 
The main focus areas for UNFPA are to minimise CO2 emissions, reduce water consumption and mitigate water pollution, decrease the impact of hazardous chemicals and minimizing the consumption of raw materials.
 
The Green Procurement Strategy is just the beginning of a project that aims to improve both UNFPA and its suppliers environmental footprint.

Categories: Procurement