How to become a UN Women vendor
In 2016, UN Women had vendors from 156 different countries, and the procurement value grew by 15.9 per cent from the previous year (2016 annual statistical report on UN procurement). UN Women wants to constantly expand its market and find new vendors to increase competition and source in a more sustainable manner, with greater emphasis on gender-responsive procurement.
Vendors interested in doing business with UN Women should:
- Regularly check new procurement notices posted in the “Current solicitations” feed as well as in the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) and the new e-procurement platform;
- Be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 5 (gender equality) and Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth);
- Familiarize themselves and comply with the UN Women standard contract templates and general conditions of contract;
- Familiarize themselves and understand the UN Women procurement procedures;
- Carefully review the contents of UN Women solicitation documents and instructions while preparing proposal/bid/quotation;
- Submit the Vendor Profile Form once contract has been awarded;
- Respond promptly to inquiries or requests for offers from UN Women;
- Abide by the UN supplier code of conduct, which sets forth the expectations of all vendors with whom UN Women and, in general, all UN agencies do business with; and
- UN Women also strongly encourages vendors to subscribe to the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Vendors shall not be considered eligible if they:
- are under procurement prohibition by the United Nations, including but not limited to prohibitions derived from the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List;
- are suspended by the United Nations or other organizations in the UN system (including the World Bank); or
- fail to satisfy the requirements defined in the solicitation documents.
This manual provides corporations with a deeper understanding of the barriers and challenges preventing women-owned businesses from accessing and fully participating in local and global values chains. It also provides sensible, actionable steps that corporations can take with their strategic sourcing decisions to evaluate the diversity of their supplier base and to increase the share of women-owned businesses in their procurement.