Working Group on Sustainable Procurement


Niels Ramm (UNOPS) & Jacob Kurian (UNEP)

Reporting to

This group works towards ensuring that sustainable procurement interventions are embedded in the procurement activities of the UN system. The group has been involved in developing a number of guidelines and manuals to support procurement practitioners in implementing sustainable procurement initiatives within various product and service areas. Most recently the ‘Guide on Sustainable Procurement for the UN System – Buying for a Better World’ has been published, which provides arguments, examples and practical tools for UN procurement practitioners on how to successfully introduce sustainability criteria in their work. The working group also provides advisory services to UN organisations interested in implementing sustainable procurement initiatives in the workplace, in the tender process etc.