Future proofing procurement
Using innovation today to prepare for tomorrow

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As we adapt to a changing world, the way we procure goods and services needed for humanitarian assistance and development must keep in step. This requires an ongoing cycle of creatively re-imagining the new and existing roles, stakeholders, technologies and connections of procurement systems – making certain they remain relevant and add value in the future by anticipating tomorrow’s needs.
Below are just a few articles highlighting some of the ways we can ensure that procurement is prepared for upcoming challenges. You can read all 12 articles from the publication on future proofing procurement, which includes contributions from across the private, public and academic sectors, here.​​

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Could technology typically associated with war be used to deliver humanitarian aid, encourage development and empower some of the world's most remote communities? In Rwanda, the launch of the pilot Droneport project could provide a new way to ensure goods procured for these purposes reach those who need it most. 

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Norman Foster is Founder and Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, design and engineering that has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology.


Droneport: A catalyst to leapfrog conventional infrastructure in developing countries​

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Additional featured articles:​​

| Possibilities for our ​common future

With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Member States of the United Nations seek to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. How can transforming our relationships with suppliers and non-commercial partners support the implementation of the SDGs to turn them into a reality for people around the world? 

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Patricia J. Moser is the Director of the Procurement Group at UNOPS. She has more than 20 years of experience in leading and consulting organizations in procurement, supply chain and business operations.


Jamieson Saab is the Sustainability Team Leader for UNOPS Procurement Group. Before joining UNOPS, he helped large multinationals capture and maximize the business benefits from improved environmental and social outcomes.

Dr. Rolando M. Tomasini heads UNOPS Global Outreach and Partners Liaison team, supporting collaboration with strategic partners and coordinating partnership development across the organization. ​​

| The rise of mandatory human rights due diligence

Could governments enlist the help of the private sector to fight human rights abuses in other countries? One new law under consideration in France is aiming to do just that.

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David McClintock is Marketing Director of EcoVadis. He has a strong passion for making business sustainable and bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use.

Arnaud Poitevin is a legal researcher who specializes in compliance and business, and human rights at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.

​Pierre-François Thaler is Co-President and Co-Founder of EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform allowing companies to assess the sustainability performance of their suppliers.



| Combating corruption in procurement

Corruption in public procurement can have disastrous effects – it can hinder efforts to foster development and combat poverty. How can we fight this prevalent obstacle to development?

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Johannes S. Schnitzer is Managing Director of SCHNITZER LAW, which specializes in public procurement law. He has experience in procurement law, compliance and risk management.​

Christopher Yukins serves as co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught on numerous subjects. ​​​



| Advancing sustainability in procurement 

How can we promote human rights, equality, fair labour practices and environmental progress – all while supporting innovation? A first step is by engaging women and minorities – as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises – in the procurement process.

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Anita Househam is Senior Manager and Policy Advisor at the UN Global Compact Office, where she manages its supply chain sustainability work, and social sustainability programmes and initiatives.




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Future proofing procurement is a supplement to the Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procur​ement.​​​​​