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What we value in suppliers.

We seek to deliver the right goods and services, at the right price, to the right place at the right time.  We value reliable suppliers that do this first time, every time.

We also value suppliers that have an customer-focused approach to the supply of their goods and services.  We value innovation and excellent service.  We particularly respect suppliers that run lean operations and have a continuous improvement culture that delivers consistently high quality standards and generate cost efficiencies.

We appreciate it when our suppliers are as passionate about our work as we are, recognising that in some cases, their supply might be the difference between life and death for the families we serve.

Expecations for Supplier Sustainability.

Save the Children's Procurement function aims to elevate the social, economic and environmental sustainability impacts of our supply, suppliers and end to end supply chains.

To maximise our social impact, we will improve the wellbeing and working conditions of supplier's staff, as well as develop an inclusive and diverse supplier base. We aim to strengthen livelihoods through supplier capacity building and localisation. 

To reduce our negative environmental impact, we will maximise the use of sustainable / natural resources and reduce waste through our supply chains.

What we buy.

Below are some examples of the materials, equipment, goods and services that we source to allow us to deliver our mission for children.

Programmatic (direct)

This includes the materials which are directly used by beneficiaries within a programme or humanitarian response, or equipment used directly to deliver programmes, such as:

  • Medical and nutrition including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, therapeutic and supplementary food.
  • Education materials including books, toys and  school equipment.
  • Fleet.
  • Freight.
  • Cash transfer programs.
  • Construction.
  • General supplies including buckets, tarpaulin, tents, hygiene kits and so on.
  • Agriculture including livestock, seeds, grains and so on.

Non-programmatic (indirect)

This includes goods and services which are not directly used by the beneficiaries, but still enable us to deliver for children, such as: 

  • Property including lease renewals.
  • Travel.
  • Facilities management including non-property related expenses.
  • External workforce including programmatic and non-programmatic consultants.
  • Conferences and meetings.
  • Human resource services including recruitment costs, employee benefits.
  • Insurance.

Contractual Requirements and Mandatory Policies.

Save the Children and its donors have specific rules relating to procurement, and before any commitment to spend with a supplier is made, our programs must check that selected suppliers are compliant with the donor rules, as well as that they are adhering to the following Save the Children global policies and standards.

Read our Terms & Conditions with Mandatory Policies

Email the procurement team with any questions or concerns.