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Improving Accountability, Transparency and Professional Practice in Procurement – A joint statement from CIPS and UNDP

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on a unique partnership between The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), today (29 July 2015), UNDP has joined CIPS in stating their support for the creation of a professional procurement licence.  The intention would be to improve corporate governance, transparency and anti-corruption measures and recognize the importance of the profession for sustainable development.  The drive behind such an initiative is to ensure a greater accountability for organisations and individuals.  In effect a licence will ensure that procurement professionals will have the appropriate skills and qualifications to manage the procurement function properly and optimally use the resources of the organisation while supporting its performance.

Jens Wandel, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management at UNDP commented “A licencing structure will ensure the profession gains formal recognition of its status and can attract higher calibre individuals as well provide protection for individuals and organisations.”

“Raising our standards for effective, ethical and sustainable procurement will allow UNDP to meet its transparency objectives, address the ever-growing supply side risks of a truly global marketplace and deliver the high levels of professional skill, knowledge and integrity that are essential to procurement and public good.”

David Noble, Group CEO CIPS said: “As a profession, we need to step forward and be accountable for our actions.  In a world of scarce resources and increasing supply chain risks, we can no longer accept inadequate procurement and supply practices and therefore we must ensure this profession is fit for purpose to move on to its next generation – a licensing approach will ensure the right structure is in place to enable this to happen.”

A formal licence for procurement professionals will ensure that:

  • Procurement processes are carried out by professionally qualified personnel;
  • Procurement professionals are able to demonstrate a pre-determined level of competence and understanding that is continually updated;
  • There are formalised standards of practice and ethics, and professionals are held accountable for their actions;
  • Confidence in the profession will rise, along with the ability to meet increasing challenges;
  • Employers and enterprises will be able to simultaneously protect the public good and enhance the significance of procurement;
  • Procurement practice (skills and processes) can be standardized; and
  • The accountability and transparency requirements of International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and others will be purposely addressed across the supply chain.


Notes to editors:

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of over 114,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability. 
www.cips.org; @CIPSNews


The United Nations Development Programme offers specialised procurement training and certification to staff from the UN system, governments, non-governmental organisations and international development financing institutions and their borrowers.

UNDP/CIPS Cooperation on Procurement Training and Certification

UNDP procurement certification courses are accredited by CIPS, assuring compliance with high international quality standards. All training and certification courses are tailored to reflect UN and public procurement rules, policies, and procedures.

Press contacts:

Liz Lees, CIPS; liz.lees@cips.org; +44 (0) 1780 761574; 07917 648564

Torben Soll, UNDP: torben.soll@undp.org;  +45-45336060