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Corporate Certification Standard

Ensure effective governance for supply assurance and compliance, gain greater influence over spend and demonstrate value by achieving an internationally recognised award   

Designed and delivered by the world's leading procurement specialists, CIPS Corporate Certification is the only independent, comprehensive and procurement-specific assessment of its kind. Achieving the Standard Award signifies that you have all the procurement governance mechanisms in place for effective supply assurance and compliance. You will also start achieving cost savings through a series of 'quick wins' and build credibility with senior management to generate stronger buy-in and investment for systems and staff.

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How

CIPS Corporate Certification is an in-depth assessment process that measures your procurement function against our world-class standards across five dimensions (see diagram below). These five dimensions are essential facets of all organisations, no matter who and where you are, and what you do. The whole process aims to ensure that you are operating efficiently and effectively, and can drive constant improvement.

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There are two levels of Corporate Certification, Standard and Advanced Standard. The diagram shows how you can progress through these levels to achieve increasing levels of influence, control and involvement. Please note, you must have completed the Standard before you progress to the Advanced Standard. All of the Awards are valid for three years.

 

The Corporate Certification Journey

Fig 1: Overview of Corporate Certification Journey 

Benefits

Reassurance: Ensuring that you have key enablers in place for effective governance gives you the confidence and peace of mind that you can achieve supply assurance and compliance.

 

Credibility: Working towards a specific award tells the world, and your own stakeholders, that you are operating effectively, building your reputation and ensuring greater recognition of, and confidence in, the procurement function.

 

Influence: Increasing your credibility results in increasing your influence, giving you more input into business procurement decisions and greater control over spend.

 

Value: Examining your procurement and supplier management procedures in targeted detail highlights where improvements and efficiencies can be made, helping you to deliver savings and value, and drive change.

 

Relationships: Going on the Corporate Certification journey engages and empowers your team, building morale, and strengthens your relationships with key stakeholders

Success

So far, more than 200 organisations around the world have worked with CIPS to evaluate and improve their procurement and supply functions. It has fast become the 'must have' way to:

  • focus on evaluating procurement performance;
  • drive improvement and value, and provide the rationale and framework for transformational change; and
  • by achieving an independent, respected award, demonstrate improvement and performance to the world.

 

Find out which organisations are current award holders.

Testimonials

See the full list of all current award holders.

 

“Musanada is on a journey to procurement life cycle excellence and everyone here is delighted the company has received this prestigious certification in terms of a global benchmark reference.”
H E Mohamed Khalifa Al-Fahed Al-Mehairi, CEO, Musanada, Corporate Certification Standard Award

 

“Attaining this globally-recognised benchmark reflects the enormous effort that the procurement and contracts and supplier relations teams have spent in driving continuous improvement and the desire to build and refine our capability and process.”
Keith Bird, General Manager of Commercial, Queensland Rail, Corporate Certification Standard Award

 

“For American Express the recertification provided an opportunity to review our policies and practices against the ever more demanding CIPS standards, to ensure that American Express remains at the forefront of best business practice.”
Maggie Willis, VP International Global Supply Management, American Express, Corporate Certification Standard Award

 

See our more detailed case studies for further success stories.

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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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