Protecting the health of millions of people at-risk of malaria depends on an efficient bed net procurement system. Through the GBC-led Bed Net Dialogue, companies manufacturing insecticide treated bed nets and retreatment kits recommended by the World Health Organization Pesticides Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) are working with key stakeholders to remove the bottlenecks and roadblocks that have created inefficiencies in the distribution of bed nets to areas in need.
These steps are improving the transparency and good governance of bed net procurement. Through the dialogue, GBC and Industry participants have created an action plan to ensure the long-term economic sustainability of the industry.
The global health community has embarked on a massive scale up effort to provide 250 million bed nets in Africa by the end of 2010. Given the huge capital investments to rapidly scale up the production of bed nets, the Bed Net Dialogue is helping to enhance best practices, improve quality assurance and create a stronger supply chain.
Companies currently participating in the dialogue include:
Transparency and Good Governance Planning Underway
In October 2009, GBC brought together key donor and multilateral stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to improve transparency and good governance for bed net procurement. Participants discussed expanding implementation of transparent procurement practices, and the need to develop better coordination around needs assessment and distribution in malaria endemic countries.
Industry Action Commitments
Leading manufacturers of bed nets and retreatment kits have agreed upon the following industry action commitments:.
1. Commitment to general principles of transparency & good governance (Codes of Conduct)
2. Priority focus of action: compliance with law (competition and foreign trade law), business practices against corruption/bribery (including gifts), conflict of interest policies and monitoring and standards of documentation and financial reporting.
3. Strengthened compliance mechanisms
» Read Improving Global Bed Net Procurement: Stakeholder Action Proposal for more details on the Industry Action Commitments.
Industry Certification- Public Certification Process
The manufacturers have reinforced their commitments by submitting formal statements certifying compliance with the Industry Action Commitments. As the central depository for the Industry Certifications, GBCHealth developed a questionnaire to help companies determine if its internal policies satisfy the commitments. The industry is solely responsible for the veracity of the certification and for compliance with the Industry Action Commitments.
Each company's Certification Statement is an attestation that the Industry Action Commitments are satisfied in their respective internal policies and reflects why internal policies may depart from the Industry Action Commitments.
Both Clarke and Tana Netting have chosen to file Interim Certification Statements to indicate that they are in the process of assessing and reporting compliance with the Industry Action Commitments. This will be replaced by a final Certification Statement as each company completes its compliance process. Other companies have been proactive in submitting their final Certification Statement. These companies are:
Interim Certification Statements
The Bed Net Dialogue thanks Joseph Wayland (Partner at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP) and Prof. Michael Santoro (Business Ethics Professor, Rutgers University and Special Advisor to GBC) for their expert support.