Socially Responsible Procurement


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As a socially responsible organization, the World Bank Group (WBG), through its corporate procurement practices, endeavors to integrate socially responsible suppliers into its supply chain. To this end, for contracts where labor services are provided directly to the WBG, Bank Group procurement policy addresses supplier activities under the categories of diversity, wages and benefits, health and safety, and accessibility (equipment and facilities).

Wages and Benefits, Health and Safety

WBG solicitations and contracts for labor services will specify measures to be implemented to address service employees’ wages and their health and welfare fringe benefits, and will also specify criteria that address the need for contractors to provide their service employees with safe working conditions and fair and equitable work practices.

The WBG’s policy on socially responsible procurement will be reflected in solicitations for the provision of labor services as determined appropriate by Corporate Procurement. If appropriate, applicable evaluation criteria will be included in the technical evaluation and considered in the cost analysis of all quotations, bids, and proposals received in determining the successful bidders or offerors.

Supplier Diversity

WBG procurement practices will provide opportunities for access to Minority, Women and Disabled Owned Business Enterprises (MWDBEs). An objective of Corporate Procurement’s vendor diversity initiative is to increase the participation of MWDBEs in WBG contracts in the United States, both by direct contracting and by working with WBG prime contractors (first-tier vendors) to help them expand their subcontracting of WBG related business to MWDBE firms (second-tier).