In such a diverse environment as the United Nations, staff members must be especially careful to avoid any signs of favouritism. While favouritism is most often identified with hiring and promotion, it can also relate to choosing suppliers and vendors, especially in procurement of goods or services from a company from your own country.
When staff members assess suppliers and vendors, they should avoid any circumstances that might lead to actual or perceived preferential treatment. It is important to keep accurate records to prove that a conflict of interest does not exist, and to voluntarily disclose any conflict of interest that may arise. Staff members should always remember that their actions reflect on the United Nations and that they are representing the Organization and its values.