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Supply Management Magazine

    2019 the Grants

    In 2019 the CIPS Foundation started working with two charity organisations; ActionAid and Womanity. Read below to find out about the projects that we are supporting:

    ActionAid Zimbabwe:

    Supply chain issues:

    ActionAid: One in four people in Zimbabwe now relies on international aid for food.

    A key challenge in the agricultural sector involves issues within the supply chain. Zimbabwe’s small livestock value chains are the least developed, most fragmented and under-performing in terms of contributions to agricultural Gross Domestic Product. Despite growing consumer demand for meat within the country, there are persistent shortages of pork and goat meat.

    Zimbabwean livestock farmers struggle to access markets, develop sustainable value chains, utilise local produce and establish structures to build networks and empower local communities.

    Best practice in procurement and supply:

    The project will take place in 12 districts in Mashonaland, Manicaland and Matebeleland North and South provinces. This four year project will transform Zimbabwe’s livestock and meat industry by improving its business structure, market conduct and socio-economic performance.  By empowering farmers to penetrate the market, develop strong sustainable supply chains and improve procurement practices future generations can rely upon a continued, quality source of food.

    Research and scoping studies: strengths and weaknesses within the supply chain.  Measure and assess production efficiencies.  Share best practice and knowledge.

    Training and development: cascade training to develop networks.  Improve market competitiveness. Develop marketing and retail strategy.

    Improve access to support services: financial accessibility and sustainability models.  Local produce sourcing and utilisation of local services and value chains.

    ActionAid Bangladesh:

    Supply chain issues:

    ActionAid: Workers within the garment supply chains in Bangladesh have poor wages and are often uninformed of their rights.

    Women from developing countries are among the most vulnerable to exploitation in global supply chains.  Despite being the world’s second largest exporter of ready-made garments and leather goods, Bangladesh has the lowest wage rates amongst the top 15 garment exporters, with workers earning just 14% of what would be considered the living wage.  Rana Plaza and other recent industrial disasters have thrown a spotlight on labour rights within supply chains in Bangladesh, but the lack of appropriate laws and poor implementation has made progress painfully slow.

    Organisations have a responsibility to understand their supply chains and be aware of the issues faced by workers within those supply chains.  If workers are unaware of their own rights then they are also unaware of when they need to speak out, how to ask for help and how to improve the working environment around them.

    Best practice in procurement and supply:

    The project will empower factory workers and members of the public to speak out against poor working conditions within the garment and leather industry.  It will highlight that hazardous conditions are not acceptable, workers’ rights are for all regardless of gender or age and that exploitation and sexual harassment are illegal.  It will aim to train and grow civil society organisations so that they can unite against poor working conditions.

    Empower and train: understand the legal framework within the supply chain.  Technical skills in negotiation, dispute resolution and collective bargaining..

    Organisational Leaders: train the trainer.  Help organisations to become more effective and sustainable.

    Industry recommendations: collation of industry statistics to advocate for change.  Share best and worst practice to build networks for change.

    WomenChangeMakers Programme - India

    Supply chain issues:

    Womanity Foundation: In emerging markets, women reinvest a staggering 90% of every additional dollar of income in their families’ education, health and nutrition, compared to only 30-40% for men. This virtuous cycle has a direct and positive impact on society, the education and life chances of children and the wider economy.  Despite economic growth in recent years, inequality in India remains high and significant gender gaps persist in access to education, formal employment, credit and markets. More than half of the work done by women in India is unpaid, and almost all of it is informal and unprotected.

    By empowering women to access the value chains within their communities, generations of families will be able to benefit from improvements and growth of their local industries but also by the increased contributions by women towards their own family wealth.

    Best practice in procurement and supply:

    This project seeks to strengthen the social ventures that are accelerating change for women and girls in India. Women’s economic empowerment is a key focus of this work, with procurement and supply playing a vital role in the value chains.  For many women in India financial independence is a struggle but also having a lack of confidence and knowledge mean that many cannot access local value chains and services that many of us take for granted.

    • Frontier Markets– Access to products, last mile distribution, enabling women to become entrepreneurs selling clean energy in rural India. Expanding the supply chain to ensure that rural communities have access to a supply of clean, reliable energy.
    • SSP- Last mile women lead businesses, strengthening marketing penetration, developing self-sustaining businesses and self-reliance. Creates value chains in fields such as clean energy, sanitation, health services, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in difficult geographical terrains.
    • Bandhan Konnagar- Supporting grassroots producers, weavers and craftspeople, developing and promoting indigenous crafts skills and creativities for market resilience.  Improving market access and sustainability through strengthened procurement practices.
    • Industree- Supporting artisans to create market-driven products. Creates a supportive ecosystem connecting producers to markets.
    • Mahila Housing Trust- grassroots development, understanding supply chains, procurement practices and empowerment, ability and authorisation to access local services

    Meet the Grantees

    Actionaid logo

    ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Their dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. They are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

    ActionAid’s human rights-based approach aims to ensure that people are drivers of their own change and able to claim the rights they are entitled to. They focus on women and girls because the denial of their rights is a grave injustice and one of the underlying causes of poverty worldwide. By working directly with communities, women’s movements, groups and networks, social movements and other allies, ActionAid aim to tackle the structural causes and consequences of poverty and injustice.

    ActionAid also fights for a fairer world by galvanising the public to challenge the national and global policies and practices that keep people poor. This includes holding governments accountable to ensure public funds are spent effectively and where they are needed the most.

    The womanity logo

    The Womanity Foundation was established in 2005 by Yann Borgstedt, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who believes the best way to build sustainable growth is through collaboration with the social sector and the business world.

    Womanity fight for a world where men and women have equal rights and opportunities.

    Womanity believe in taking calculated risks through philanthropy and investing for the long term. They test new models for development, learn and adapt, with an eye to sustainability.

    Womanity work closely with local experts to run their own programmes, always checking that they are adding value to the sector. Their support is multi-year, highly-engaged and tailored. This means they take the time to understand the needs on the ground and find ways to uncover and develop catalytic solutions.

    Success Stories

    The Foundation continues to support studying students from around the world. The recipients are studying at all levels and working towards a career within the profession. Some of the responses we have had:

    “My CIPS qualification will help me change the face of procurement profession in Kenya as an MCIPS, which is the most coveted membership in the world; I will use it to inspire other needy students in Kenya and Africa and to give them hope that nothing is impossible for a willing heart and mind. I will offer my professional duties in a diligent ethical and professional manner that befits the CIPS standards.”

    “Thank you CIPS Foundation for changing the course of my life and my families."

    “Thank you for supporting my education, so that I can build the skills and qualifications I need to pursue a rewarding career.”

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