Home > CIPS for Business > Supply Assurance and Compliance > Corporate Ethical Procurement and Supply

Corporate Ethical Procurement and Supply

Integrity, commitment and responsibility

Increasingly, organisations are coming under pressure in the media and from their customers to operate within strict guidelines in terms of their supply chain management, improving ethical principles and driving out any potential malpractices.

Get in touch

CIPS has identified a pathway consisting of four essential steps to ensure your organisation is fully compliant with these guidelines.

Get started

You can help to protect your organisation from unethical practices by taking these four simple steps:

  1. Compare the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics with your existing corporate code and amend your code if there are any omissions. Adopt the CIPS Code if your organisation does not already have one.

  2. Train staff in ethical procurement. Identify all staff responsible for sourcing, supplier selection or supplier management and contact us to purchase licenses to CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply E-learning. Note that until 31 October 2017 there is no charge to CIPS members for the e-learning.  

  3. Sign and return the CIPS Statement of Commitment. You’ll then receive, for one year:

    - A CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark. You can use this Mark on your company’s website, internal communications, brochures, business cards and email footers to signal to suppliers, customers and stakeholders that you have adopted ethical values in the way you source and manage suppliers, that you are committed to accountability and self governance, and that your staff are trained in ethical sourcing and supplier management. See the Corporate Ethics Mark Usage Guide for more information on how you can use the Mark.

    - A global listing recognising your achievement. Your organisation will also be recognised with a listing on the CIPS Corporate Ethical Register, published on this webpage.

  4. Repeat each of these steps annually to retain your organisation's understanding and commitment to ethical procurement supply as well as your Mark and online listing.

 

Download the product sheet

Benefits

Recognition: Achieve public recognition from CIPS via an internationally published listing on the CIPS Corporate Ethical Register and a CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark which you can use in your own literature. This demonstrates to suppliers, customers, potential employees and other stakeholders that your organisation is committed to training your staff in ethical sourcing and that you have adopted ethical values in the way you source and manage your suppliers.

Reputation: Strengthen your reputation by publicly demonstrating your commitment to ethical procurement and supply practices.

Understanding: Demonstrate respect and awareness of international standards against criminal conduct, including bribery, corruption, fraud and, with support from the Walk Free Foundation, human rights abuse.

Safeguard: Help to protect your organisation from any potential supply chain malpractice.

Reduce financial risk: Defend your organisation against fraud. A survey of 1,200 executives worldwide established that companies lost an average of 2.1% of their earnings due to fraud over one year. 20% of these suffered from vendor, supplier and procurement fraud, with 19% suffering from corruption and bribery. Source: Kroll’s 2011/2012 Global Fraud Report

Boost morale: Increase employee confidence through the knowledge they are conducting their work in a consistently ethical manner.

FAQs

How can my organisation achieve the Corporate Ethics Mark and get listed on the Register?

You will need to be able to demonstrate that your organisation is committed to ethical procurement and you can do this by following the 4-step process as outlined on this web page.   


What is the CIPS Corporate Code of Conduct?

Find out more.


We have our own corporate code, are you asking us to adopt the CIPS Corporate Code instead in order to meet the requirements for the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark?

No; we recognise that many organisations will have their own corporate code which meets the specific needs of their sector and sphere of operation. However, the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics is based on a set of key principles we believe are the essential foundation for ethical procurement in any organisation. If your organisation has its own code of conduct you will be asked to self-certify that it includes all the key principles of the CIPS Code.  We recognise that these principles will be expressed differently but we ask you to state that there are no significant omissions.  If there are, you will need to amend your own code to bring it into alignment in order to achieve the Ethics Mark. 

It is a good opportunity, in any case, to review your corporate code against these principles since ethical codes evolve as society changes and you need to ensure your code remains relevant and robust.


How do we determine who needs to do the ethics e-learning and test?

We ask that 100% of staff with responsibility for sourcing, supplier selection and supplier management undertake CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply E-learning and successfully complete the accompanying Ethics Test.

A good way to determine who on your staff this applies to is to get them to ask the question…

“Could a supplier influence me to give them more work, change a specification, create a need, turn a blind eye to performance issues, not look at the market etc?”

If they answer yes, then they are involved in supplier management, sourcing decisions and supplier selection and must do the e-learning and test. 


Our organisation already has external recognition for our focus on ethics.  Why should we achieve the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark?

CIPS Corporate Ethical Procurement and Supply focusses specifically on helping organisations to safeguard against unethical selection and supplier management.  By achieving the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark and listing on the CIPS Ethical Register, not only will you be helping to safeguard against unethical supplier selection and supply management, you’ll also gain recognition for your understanding of and commitment to ethical sourcing and supplier management.


How can we use the Mark?

You will be able to show the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark on your corporate literature and website, as long as your organisation continues to fulfil the criteria for retaining the Mark and your listing on the Register. Use of the Mark endorses to your organisation’s key stakeholders your commitment to ethical sourcing, supplier selection and supplier management.


How do we retain the Mark and our listing on the Register?

You will need to renew your organisation’s commitment to ethical procurement on an annual basis, continue to work to the principles of the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics and meet the requirement for ongoing staff training.


Can the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark be taken away?

Yes; organisations that fail to renew their commitment to ethical procurement or are successfully prosecuted for procurement malpractice will lose their Mark and be removed from the Register. 

Ethical Register

The organisationsCorporate Ethics Mark listed on this CIPS Corporate Ethical Register have taken proactive steps, in the last 12 months, to safeguard against unethical conduct in procurement and supply management.

Organisations listed:

  • ensure their staff who select and manage suppliers are trained in ethical sourcing and supplier management
  • adopt ethical values in how they source and manage suppliers

 

All have signed a Statement of Commitment to ethical sourcing and the management of their suppliers and are entitled to display the CIPS Corporate Ethical Mark.

  Company
  Date of Registration
  Expiry Date
  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture    21/08/2017    21/08/2018
  AFE    17/07/2017    17/07/2018
  Cambridge Precision Ltd

 16/11/2016    16/11/2017
  Carillion
   04/04/2017    04/04/2018
  Chilli Promotions   10/07/2017   10/07/2018
  CIPS
   26/04/2017    26/04/2018
  CPO of the Cayman Islands Government
   08/05/2017    08/05/2018
  Erste Group
   30/03/2017    30/03/2018

FCO Services    08/05/2017    08/05/2018
  Greenzone Cleaning and Support Services    14/03/2017    14/03/2018
  Ideal Boilers    13/09/2016    13/09/2017
  John Lewis    16/11/2016    16/11/2017
  Laing O'Rourke    05/12/2016    05/12/2017
  Legal & General
 04/04/2017    04/04/2018
  Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd    22/11/2016    22/11/2017
  Ramsey Todd  Ltd    04/04/2017    04/04/2018
  Safran Nacelles    05/10/2016    05/10/2017
  Servest Group Ltd    22/09/2016    22/09/2017
  SMRT    09/05/2017    09/05/2018
  Woodgroup Ltd (Eastern Region)    23/08/2017    23/08/2018
  Yorkshire and Humber Police Forces    11/04/2017    11/04/2018
  Yorkshire Ambulance Services    15/11/2016    15/11/2017
  University of Bristol    28/04/2017    28/04/2018
  United Utilities
 05/07/2017    05/07/2018

Contact us

For more information about how to undertake these processes, please contact us.