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.
Procurement at UN Women
UN Women procures more than USD 100 million worth of services and goods each year to support its programme of work. UN Women is committed to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide while delivering green results, with an emphasis on transparency and effectiveness. UN Women is also committed to providing tools to, and supplementing the capacity of, its partners—such as governments, other UN entities, and corporations—to achieve socioeconomic objectives through practicing and encouraging gender-responsive procurement. UN Women has therefore taken the lead to integrate gender considerations in its procurement processes.
- Procurement principles
- Gender-responsive procurement
- Doing business with UN Women
- Becoming a UN Women vendor
- Contract templates and general conditions of contract
- Vendor protest procedure
UN Women has migrated to a new ERP system: Quantum ERP. The system is live for procurement activities initiated by UN Women globally. All suppliers need to register in our new ERP system through the URL indicated in the respective procurement notice. Registered suppliers may access the system at supplier.quantum.partneragencies.org. The solicitation documents for each procurement notice is accessible to all suppliers registered in the system. For more information, see the “UN Women Quantum supplier guideline” (PDF, 2.6MB).
Solicitations initiated in regional and country offices:
- Request for proposal (RFP): Instructions | Security instruments
- Invitation to bid (ITB): Instructions