The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Ethics

Key information

Report wrongdoing

UNOPS takes all reports of alleged wrongdoing seriously. The Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) has sole responsibility for conducting investigations into misconduct within UNOPS. IAIG is the principal channel to receive allegations of fraud and corruption.

How to report wrongdoing

Contact the Ethics Office

Email: ethicsofficer@unops.org

UNOPS applies the highest ethical standards to all of its work, and expects the same from its suppliers and partners. The values of the United Nations Charter guide and inform all of UNOPS activities.

UNOPS conforms to the positions of the Ethics Office of the United Nations Secretariat. The terms of reference of the Ethics Office are set out in the Secretary-General's bulletin ST/SGB/2005/22.

UNOPS Ethics Office

To advance United Nations reform and as part of its commitment to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, accountability and transparency, UNOPS established an Ethics Office. In accordance with the Secretary General's bulletin ST/SGB/2007/11 of 30 November 2007, the Ethics Office addresses the following:

  • Develops standards, training and education
  • Provides confidential advice and guidance to personnel

Ethical standards of UNOPS personnel

All UNOPS personnel are subject to the basic rights and duties of United Nations staff members, to the extent that it is applicable.

The Secretary-General's bulletin ST/SGB/2016/9 presents and explains United Nations staff members' basic rights and duties arising from, inter alia, General Assembly resolution 52/252 of 8 September 1998, the Charter of the United Nations, the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service (2001).

Ethical standards of UNOPS suppliers

UNOPS requires its suppliers to adhere to the highest ethical standards, both during the bidding process and throughout the execution of a contract. UNOPS has a zero tolerance policy towards unethical behaviour and corrupt practices, including bribery, extortion or coercion, fraud and collusion. 

Read UNOPS Procurement Policies for more information