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David Noble FCIPS
Networking with peers
I’ve just returned from another CIPS UK annual conference and this year’s discussions were nuanced in ways not experienced before. Apart from the atmosphere of a new venue in Bishopsgate in London, the subject of standards, ethics and innovation was bang on, and reflected what evidently some businesses desperately need.
The foyer was buzzing with insights and thoughts into the latest supermarket supply chain debacle, this time involving Tesco and the subsequent suspension of senior officials. Though the full detail will not be clear for some time, this is just another instance that the message needs to be driven home that transparent, ethical supply chains are not a luxury but are crucial. The failure to be vigilant has dreadful consequences.
But with this backdrop of failure, at the conference it was good to hear from companies that had really taken the issue of ethics and sustainability to heart and were able to offer more positive stories of the success of good practice.
Licensing the profession was still high on the agenda and Tesco’s troubles only served to highlight this continuing need. I announced that The United Nations is sponsoring a multi-agency event in Washington DC, in the US, to get licensing across borders. This is a huge opportunity for CIPS to get that message across to those organisations in the world that have the influence to stand up and say it’s a good thing.
We also announced the development of schools of excellence supported by the CIPS Foundation and we wait with bated breath on the announcement around Chartered Status.
Last but not least, we announced that the Global Standard for Procurement and Supply has now been developed into an interactive version. Launched earlier this year in hard and soft copy, this comprehensive competency framework will enhance organisational and individual performance in the profession as it offers a benchmark for all levels in the and can be used
The Global Standard will be revised annually: http://www.cips.org/en/Careers/Global-Standard-for-Procurement-and-Supply/
Our conference season comes at the end of our financial year so it was good to reflect on what had happened in the year and what is next to come. Next conference stop – Australia.
New knowledge partnership
As part of our campaign to offer support to members at various levels of expertise and seniority in the oil and gas industry, I’m delighted that we have a new knowledge partnership with Total Gas & Power.
Through this partnership our global membership has a range of industry-specific resources including knowledge, market reports and access to expertise from one of the leading energy companies in the world. TOTAL is one of the top five international oil and gas companies; they operate in over 130 countries worldwide.
Though good procurement and supply management principles are relevant across all sectors, sometimes sector knowledge is particularly valuable as each industry has its own set of challenges. This is a boon to our members working in the energy industry as we expect to offer more knowledge opportunities in the coming months.