For UNOPS, gender-responsive procurement is a tool to achieve socio-economic objectives, considering the gender power relations in value chains when selecting services, goods or works. As such, it aims to bridge wage gaps, create jobs for women and negate gender-related labor imbalances.
This supports Sustainable Development Goals 5, 8, 10 and 12 on gender equality.
UNOPS relies on three pillars to implement gender-responsive procurement by ensuring:
Gender considerations are incorporated into procurement processes
The procurement process is inclusive and does not discriminate against women
Goods, services and works sourced by UNOPS positively impact gender equality and women’s empowerment