Procurement at WMO aims at achieving best value for money for the acquisition of goods and services that supports fairness, integrity and transparency, and is directed towards minimizing costs and maximizing effectiveness in line with the objectives of the Organization.
Best value for money is defined as the most advantageous balance between:
• Compliance with the technical requirements,
• Cost, including total lifecycle cost when applicable,
• Compliance with WMO standard contractual conditions,
• Warranty and long-term sustainability arrangements, and
• Ethical and environmental considerations.
As part of this process, the following principles are followed:
• Full accountability and documentation,
• Fair, open and international competition, and
• Promotion of ethical trading through procurement that supports the environment and the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
WMO, in accordance with the policies of the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) , strictly enforces a zero tolerance approach to unethical, unprofessional or fraudulent actions by Vendors.
WMO promotes procurement from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, provided that this effort remains compatible with the objective of achieving the best value for money.
Fairness and transparency are fundamental principles for WMO procurement activities. Bidders that believe they were not treated fairly in connection with a WMO procurement action may submit a Letter of Protest. In addition, WMO has a strict “No-gifts, no-hospitality” policy which is applicable to all Vendors. WMO personnel involved in the procurement process may not accept gifts or hospitality from current or potential vendors.