CIPS is an independent and highly respected global leader in the monitoring and verifying of procurement and supply chain practices. In order to gain the award UNOPS underwent a rigorous certification process.
This silver certification recognizes that UNOPS has not only adopted policies, procedures and practices that promote sustainable procurement, but is also systematically implementing them to achieve sustainable results. It also marks the continued progress the organization is making in the field following its gaining of bronze certification in 2011.
"We are very proud of this recognition. It is a great achievement and it shows that UNOPS is living up to international best practice standards in our efforts to make sustainability an integral part of the way we do procurement," said Therese Ballard, Director of UNOPS Sustainable Procurement Practice Group.
Sustainable procurement is the practice of integrating requirements, specifications and criteria that are compatible and in favour of the protection of the environment, of social progress and in support of economic development.
For example, sustainable procurement can mean considering the fuel efficiency of vehicles, buying stationery made of recycled paper or paper from sustainably managed forests, and purchasing from women and minority-owned businesses.
UNOPS is a central resource for procurement within the United Nations and buys around $800 million of goods and services every year, in support of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects worldwide.