UN Publication “Future-Proofing Procurement” Examines How Procurement Can Address The World’s Most Pressing Challenges

September 7, 2016 David McClintock


Today the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has launched a publication focused on sustainable procurement and its global impact called Future Proofing Procurement, Using innovation today to prepare for tomorrow. In it are 12 expert articles highlighting the ways we can ensure that procurement is prepared for upcoming challenges, which includes a contribution from our collaborative team: Arnaud Poitevin, human rights lawyer and researcher (and frequent EcoVadis blog and paper contributor), EcoVadis co-Founder Pierre-Francois Thaler and Marketing Director David McClintock.

Read the full press release here:

UN Publication “Future-Proofing Procurement” Examines How Procurement Can Address The World’s Most Pressing Challenges

NEW YORK and PARIS – September 06, 2016 – Around the world, innovative approaches are being developed to support humanitarian aid and drive sustainable development. From using drones to save lives and spur development, to the private sector fighting human rights abuses in other countries: these are just a few of the ground-breaking ideas in a new publication by UNOPS.

Procurement is one of the main channels through which humanitarian and development aid is delivered. Because of this, it is also a vital component to fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

‘Future Proofing Procurement’ poses the question: How can we ensure that the procurement field is equipped to meet the world’s most complex issues?

Contributors from across the public and private sector, as well as academia, propose innovative solutions to challenges in procurement – while also using procurement as a driving force to solve some of the humanitarian and development challenges of our time.

In the article ‘The rise of mandatory human rights due diligence,’ Arnaud Poitevin, Pierre-François Thaler and David McClintock analyse a due diligence law currently being considered in the French Parliament that could impose liability on corporations for human rights violations in their supply chain. This law could have wide-ranging impact on the way businesses procure goods –in France, in the European Union and the around the world.

The entire publication is available on www.unops.org


UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development, by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. With more than 20 years of experience in over 130 countries, UNOPS work to serve people in need has helped build a better world.

About Arnaud Poitevin
Arnaud Poitevin is a legal researcher specialized in compliance and business, and human rights at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). He has over 12 years of experience in human rights and humanitarian aid, and held positions at the International Criminal Court and the International Federation for Human Rights.

About Pierre-François Thaler
Pierre-François Thaler is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform allowing companies to assess the sustainability performance of their suppliers. He is the author of research studies with HEC and INSEAD Business Schools. He is a member of the strategic advisory board of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (United States).

About David McClintock
David McClintock is Marketing Director of EcoVadis, where he is focused on expanding awareness, engagement and best practices in sustainable procurement programs globally. He has over 20 years of experience bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use.

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