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Corporate Certification

Ensure your procurement department is operating effectively and efficiently, with CIPS Corporate Certification – the only independent, comprehensive and procurement-specific assessment of its kind.

By working towards Corporate Certification, you will improve  the performance of your procurement and supply function and realise better ways to do even greater work. Corporate Certification also helps to build reputation, credibility, stakeholder engagement and staff empowerment.

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The first step to being world-class is to establish you have the fundamentals in place to operate an effective procurement and supply function. Based on the evidence you supply, we do this by assessing your procurement policies, strategies, procedures and processes against the CIPS Corporate Certification Standard. Successful completion results in an award that is valid for three years and helps you to establish a strong footing on the path to world-class.

The next step is to work towards higher awards that demonstrate how well your procurement and supply function is performing. 

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Workshops help to identify where improvements can be made and a maturity profile is used to assess your organisation’s progression from advanced to world-class. It’s all aimed to help you deliver efficient, effective and economic ways of working.


There are four levels of Corporate Certification award


Procurement and Supply Achievement


World-Class processes, strategies, policies and procedures


Leading processes, strategies, policies and procedures


Advanced processes, strategies, policies and procedures


Effective processes, strategies, policies and procedures


Fig 1: Overview of Corporate Certification 


Value: Successful completion of Corporate Certification has been proven to deliver significant cost savings


Performance: CIPS Corporate Certification builds efficient, effective and economic ways of working


Reputation: Achievement of a CIPS Corporate Certification award boosts reputation, awareness and credibility


Risk Management: Participation in CIPS Corporate Certification can improve risk identification, management and mitigation


Relationships: Successful accreditation results in stronger stakeholder relationships and increased staff morale and engagement levels


Achievers of process excellence

Over 100 organisations across all sectors and in countries around the world have benefited from working towards procurement process excellence with CIPS, including the following (those in bold have achieved Gold Certification or Corporate Certification Advanced Standard):




Crown Prosecution Services


East Riding of Yorkshire

Essex County Council


Highways Agency

MET Office

Metropolitan Police

Ministry of Justice

Musanada (UAE)

NHS Blood & Transplant

NHS Shared Business Services

NHS South of England Procurement Services

NHS Supply Chain

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Office of Fair Trading


Scotland Excel

The Home Office

Transport for London

Victoria Police

Financial Services

African Development Bank

American Express Services Europe Ltd


Bank of England

BVC ( Colombian Stock Exchange) S. America

European Central Bank

Prudential Plc

UBS Investment Bank


COLT Telecoms

DU Telecoms


Virgin Media


Atos Origin

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Mercato Solutions

Probrand Ltd

Xerox (Global Purchasing)



Brammer UK Ltd

Communisis UK Ltd


Qatar Aluminium Ltd (UAE)



ASDA (Wal*Mart)



DP World (Dubai)

First Group Plc

Go-Ahead Group plc

Gatwick Airport

Metro Trains

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Platinum

Queensland Rail


Accenture (UK) Ltd


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Platinum


Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions

Energy Services

CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd-Platinum

Ecopetrol S.A

EDF Energy Nuclear Generation - Platinum


Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Abu Dhabi)

Energex (Australia)


Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

Masdar (Abu Dhabi)

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Orlen Upstream (Poland)

Oil Search (Australia)

Pacific Rubiales Energy (Colombia S.A.)

Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO, UAE)

Rasgas (Qatar)

Scottish Water

Sellafield Ltd

Technip UK Limited

Western Power Distribution

Western Power, Australia

Worley Parsons


Carillion Services

Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions Ltd


Sodexo Property Solutions

Education, Science & Community Development

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), UAE

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG)

Qatar Foundation - Platinum



Dubai Media Incorporated (UAE)

MBC Group (Dubai)





Camelot Group

Waste Management

Veolia ES (UK) Ltd

Postal Services

Royal Mail Group - Platinum


A CIPS Corporate Certification award reflects that the organisation maintains procurement policies, procedures, processes and systems that meet the required CIPS standards.  It does not act as an endorsement by CIPS of the services provided by the awarded organisation.


There are more than 100 public and private sector organisations that have achieved CIPS Certification, take a look at some of the examples below:

Achieving business objectives

“(Certification) ensures we are adopting all of the correct policies, procedures and processes to maximise every opportunity with our suppliers and therefore we are offering the best to our customers.”  – Shirley Cooper, Procurement and Returns Director, Computacenter

“As with all councils, Bedfordshire has a stretching agenda for savings through professional procurement.  (Achieving Certification) gives us confidence that we have a firm foundation on which to work towards those opportunities.” – Terri Carr, Strategic Procurement Advisor, Bedfordshire County Council

“Success in achieving CIPS Certification standard of excellence in purchasing policies and procedures will help the procurement and logistics division of UNRWA to maximise value for money when purchasing goods, services and construction contracts for vital relief work” – Fredrik Schultz, Chief of the Procurement and Logistics Division, United Nations Relief And Works Agency For Palestine Refugees In The Near East (UNRWA)

Staying competitive

“Gaining CIPS certification will demonstrate that Accenture Procurement BPO Services delivers high performance procurement in managing our own internal spend as well as for clients.”  Karl Pick, Global Procurement Director, Accenture

“CIPS Certification will drive continued improvement.  We want to operate on a world-class platform and this will ensure we are able to do that.” – Sandra Brown, Group Operations Director, Tetley Group (part of Tata Tea and the Tata Group)

"CIPS Certification testifies to our capability to deliver great value."  Iqbal Khoory, Senior Vice President - Procurement, DP World 

“Potential clients are including more questions about procurement performance in the tendering process.  The bigger the client organisation, the more importance they attach to our procurement processes.” – Graham Anderson, Procurement Director, Dalkia plc

 Achieving credibility

“The only real test of our success is by benchmarking against industry best practice – and who better to independently undertake this than CIPS” – Derek Faulkner, Vice President Global Procurement EMEA, American Express Services Europe

“We can be confident that council purchasing procedures had now been benchmarked successfully against recognised best practice” – Andy Davies, Head of Procurement, Surrey County Council

“We are delighted to receive CIPS Certification.  It will demonstrate to our customers that HP can provide high-quality, competitive third-party solutions to complement our core HP products and services.” – Bill Lascelles, UK & Ireland Resource Planning and Sourcing Manager, Hewlett Packard

“We think we are good, but the only way of knowing is to be scrutinised and benchmarked externally against the best.  The suppliers we deal with and our clients need to know that we are robust in terms of our systems, processes, policies and people management.” – Guy Strafford, Client Services Director, buyingTeam 

 Gaining recognition

“One of the reasons we went for CIPS Certification is to enable us to say “look how good we are at what we do.”  Certification is a great story for us and good for our salespeople to tell their customers.  It’s very exciting.” – Emma Richardson, Procurement Manager, Microsoft UK

“We have long operated with a set of robust policies and procedures, but this award gives the external recognition our policy people deserve and we will use it to best effect in our internal marketing.” – Meryl Bushel, Chief Procurement Officer, BT

“This (achieving CIPS Certification) is a significant step towards greater transparency and accountability in the management of radioactive waste in the UK.” – Chris Murray, Managing Director, Nirex

“(Certification) allows our procurement function to have a greater influence throughout the business to boost bottom-line profitability.” – Paul Spanswick, Chief Financial Officer, Nomura International

“(Certification) helped to increase awareness of the contribution made by purchasing at the highest level of our organisation.” – Nick Wildgoose, Procurement Director, Zurich Financial Services

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For more information on how CIPS Corporate Certification can put your organisation on the pathway to world-class procurement and supply, contact us or call us on

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