UNSPSC : A multi-sector standard classification

Getting a right customised product and service classification for your own company is a tuff  and time consuming job. You’d rather start with and leverage a standard and global one as the UNSPSC, available in several languages and evolving with user’s requirements. It’s already quite extensive with several thousand codes.

The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®) provides an open, global multi-sector standard classification for efficiency and accuracy. Search the code on this website to locate commodity codes that can be used by your company. The UNSPSC offers a single global and standard classification system that can be used for:

  • Company-wide visibility of spend analysis
  • Cost-effective procurement optimization
  • Full exploitation of electronic commerce capabilities

To know more about UNSPSC or download a classification just go to https://www.unspsc.org, the official UNSPSC website.

You can also download an excel version of the 4 level (segment, family, class, commodity) UNSPSC classification. Be aware it is a 3MB file.

You will find as well on https://www.unspsc.org/ very interesting papers and case studies related to spend management, eSourcing and eProcurement as follow:


  1. James Landau 2 July 2007
  2. jp.massin 5 July 2007
  3. jp.massin 5 July 2007
  4. Bertrand Malataverne 5 July 2007
  5. Karthikeyan.A 2 July 2010

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