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Procurement at Save the Children.

Delivering the best for children.

Thank you for your interest in working with Save the Children. We manage a supply base of over 50,000 suppliers whose capabilities and capacities enable us to deliver our mission. 

Through competitive selection processes, we aim to work with the best suppliers so we can deliver our best for children and the families we serve. 

We strive to be your customer of choice, operating with transparency and fairness, using technology to streamline our buying and payment transactions, where markets support. We will endeavour to provide clear requirements, fair lead-time expectations and to pay on-time. 

In turn, we ask that our suppliers offer value for money, supplying the right quality, first time, every time. We ask you to invest in and innovate for us and our sector, that you build inclusive and diverse workforces and that you prioritise social, economic and environmental sustainability practices.




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 and/or natural resources and reduce waste through our supply chains.


We strive to meet the highest ethical and professional standards in its interactions with suppliers and in compliance with all legal and ethical requirements. Furthermore, Save the Children expects, and is legally obliged to ensure, suppliers adopt similar codes of conduct in their business dealings.  Standards particularly important to us are:


  • Child Safeguarding
  • Economic Sanctions & Terrorist Financing
  • Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery
  • Export Controls & Dual Use
  • Data Protection


  • Transparency and Fairness
  • Gifts and Entertainment
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Fraud Awareness
  • Segregation of Duties

Value for Money.

Save the Children International is striving to achieve Value for Money from the financial resources and budgets that are available to spend. Value for Money means optimising the effectiveness and efficiency of our 3rd party, supplier expenditure while achieving maximum economy.

Effectiveness and efficiency in the context of our supply will vary by spend area and business need, but typically includes quality, lead times, service levels and risk management. Economy relates to the total cost or price of the goods and services.

This means sourcing “the lowest total cost product or service that meets the core business requirements and essential criteria”.

Procurement Transformation.

The Procurement function at Save the Children International has been in transformation. 

Our vision is to become the international development sector’s leading Procurement function. To achieve this ambition, we have transformed many parts of our function and delivered against the back-drop of operating in the world’s most challenging environments, humanitarian emergencies, collapsed supply chains, protracted conflicts, fragile and failing state.

In 2019, Save the Children was awarded a globally renowned World Procurement Award for transformation.

World Procurement Awards 2019 Winner logo


Email the procurement team with any questions or concerns.
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