With an increased focus on sustainable and innovative solutions, the development of purchases is changing to manage problems in an easier and more effective way. Life cycle costs together with quality have received a larger focus, in comparison to previous focus on price being the most important factor.
Swedish companies have competences within various areas where innovative ideas and sustainable solutions are needed to meet the challenges that the UN is facing. Additionally, it can emerge a need for more simple products and services in order for the population to cope with the daily life. The variation in demand is infinite and during 2015, the UN bought products and services for more than 150 billion SEK.
Despite the large purchasing volumes to the UN, Swedish companies only represents 0,20% of the UN’s total purchasing volume. According to the Swedish government and Business Sweden, there are excellent opportunities for Swedish companies to gain a larger market share ahead. A prioritized area for the Swedish government is to increase the share of Swedish companies in UN’s total procurement. This is brought up in the Swedish Export Strategy, which refers to enhanced business promotion towards the UN system and other international business contracts.
The opportunity to supply products and services to multilateral organizations and bilateral donors in countries affected by crisis and disaster increases as, sadly enough, more crises and disasters are taking place. The purchases are often consequences from events and cooperation between several actors, where it is sometimes required for businesses to be capable of delivering from a local store and speak the local language.
Examples of products and services procured:
- Prefabricated houses
- Laboratory and medical equipment
- Emergency food
- Energy supply
- Water purification
- Telecommunications equipment
- Training and consulting services to office supplies and maintenance
- Emergency kits
- Innovative payment solutions
- New technology for food manufacturers
- Crisis management
In order to become a supplier to the UN, you need to register your company in the UN supplier database UNGM. Find more information about the procedure here.
If you want additional information about the opportunities that can be found in the UN system and within the crisis- and disaster area, you are welcome to contact us.