Private Sector Partnerships
WFP Logistics partners with private sector companies to support operations in multiple ways. This support includes strategic financial support, in-kind expertise and technical know-how, as well as services and products free of charge. Some companies partner with WFP independently, such as Renault Trucks, UPS and Caterpillar, while others come together in support of WFP as a consortium.
The formation of the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) is an example of a unique multi-company, public-private partnership initiative, in which top-tier logistics companies have joined forces with WFP to collectively respond to sudden emergencies. Since its inception during the 2005 World Economic Forum (WEF), these emergency response teams have provided personnel and transport in a number of operations, including the 2013 response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2014-15 Ebola Response.
Made up of three global logistics companies, LET brings together the logistics expertise and support of UPS, Agility, and A.P. Møller-Mærsk to WFP’s global operations and provides cost-free logistics personnel and transport through the Logistics Cluster. Logistics experts are either locally or internationally deployed from LET companies and offer a range of skills and knowledge.
In addition, partners provide services and equipment that are vital in an emergency response. This support includes warehouse space, offices, airlifts, shipping, and trucking.
Standby Partners (SBP) are organizations who have signed an agreement with WFP to maintain a roster of rapidly deployable staff and equipment to support emergency operations, primarily in order to meet surge capacity at the onset of an emergency. Standby Partners include Government Agencies, NGOs and foundations. The core role of SBPs is to augment WFP's response to emergencies. Deployments normally range between 3 and 6 months. Since 2008, over 650 Standby Partner deployments have strengthened WFP’s emergency response operations in over 40 countries.
Standby Partners provide:
- A roster of personnel with specialized competencies.
- Service packages including staff and equipment, such as base camps, bridge modules, mine action teams and truck fleets.
Standby Partners support is requested when:
- WFP needs to rapidly and/or temporarily increase staffing levels (such as during an emergency response) and there is not sufficient in-house capacity to meet the operational requirements.
- WFP needs particular technical skills for a limited period only. The technical skills are normally those which WFP does not have in-house, such as engineers, specific IT profiles or protection experts.
WFP combines knowledge and experience from across the humanitarian community, including universities and places of higher learning. Collaboration with academic institutions offers a unique platform to apply the latest research in the field of supply chain management and logistics to real-life humanitarian challenges. WFP has collaborated with specialized and high calibre academic institutions including:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
- Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Porto University, Portugal
- Tilburg University, Holland
These diverse institutions' innovative ways of working are another way to constantly strengthen the logistics expertise of WFP. This far-reaching expertise has far-reaching benefits for the entire humanitarian community.