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CIPS Knowledge Partnerships

Access to Online (Non-Procurement) Management Resources

Access to Online (Non-Procurement) Management Resources CIPS has collaborated with CMI (Chartered Management Institute) to provide reduced-cost access to their online management resources portal, ManagementDirect.

CIPS members can receive 10% off the 2014/15 price of CMI affiliate membership which will give them full access to ManagementDirect.


APRESAPRES is a group of industry and academic partners committed to embedding the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and services into the construction industry. Its activities include hosting a major annual conference and producing guidance on responsible sourcing for the construction industry.

APRES acts as a centre for:

  • Knowledge – sharing knowledge and disseminating responsible sourcing practices,
  • Networking – offering opportunities to meet wide ranging industry and customer groups,
  • Research – forging new research ideas and relationships,
  • Guidance – providing guidance directly to the industry.


The membership is made up of clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry organisations.

APRES origin and aims
APRES was established in 2011 by Loughborough University, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and extensive support from industry partners. In 2016 the management of APRES was transferred to building science centre, BRE.

APRES was created to help construction industry members address growing concerns amongst customers and the wider society about environmental impacts, labour and welfare conditions, and corruption in global supply chains. Adopting responsible sourcing practices gives assurance to customers, enhances the reputations of suppliers and end-users, and counts towards environmental assessment schemes such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL.

However, there is still much to do to ensure that the availability of responsibly and ethically sourced materials, products and services, and the use of responsible sourcing best practices, becomes universal throughout the industry.

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Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC)

For almost 50 years the APCC has established itself as a leader in government procurement, construction and asset management strategies and practice.  The work of the APCC is committed to procurement innovation, solutions and efficiencies designed to create savings and maximise service delivery to the communities of Australasia.

The APCC provides a single national interface between governments and undertakes a consultative, liaison and leadership role. With its public sector member jurisdictions, the APCC is acting as a leader to encourage improvements in procurement processes and has a long history of releasing nationally endorsed documents. It is a think tank of national proportions.

Be solution focused

Participation in the APCC can occur on three main levels:

  • Knowledge Networking Events – hosted online or via teleconference, these free, targeted sessions for all public sector procurement staff facilitate insights into jurisdictional policies, peer practices and initiatives across a vast range of topics, taking participants beyond their own backyards.
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – part of a paid subscription, SIGs are structured groups which provide public sector Senior Executives direct communication channels with peers in the areas of
    • Construction & Asset Management
    • Strategic Procurement
    • ICT Strategic Procurement


SIG membership is open to agencies and accessible to all procurement staff of that agency.  Access is gained to

  1. a wealth of expertise
  2. the APCC members-only knowledge hub: a one-stop collection of jurisdictional benchmarking data, templates and policies (in many cases not available elsewhere), and
  3. the ability to work collaboratively to enact change through better practices.
  • The APCC Council of Chief Executive Officers leads the overall direction of the APCC and shows commitment through annual departmental memberships.  Access to all groups, steering committees, networks and data is afforded at this level.

Opportunities for involvement also occur on an ad hoc basis through workshops and webinars, open to both members and non-members.

More information about APCC is available on its website - www.apcc.gov.au 


CASMECASME (Category and Sourcing Managers Executive) is a global membership of corporate procurement enterprises spread across the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

CASME delivers value through events and services that encourage interaction and involvement from member organisations, generating ‘front-line’ intelligence unavailable elsewhere. It specialises in bringing procurement executives from middle management together, encouraging them to look beyond their own organisations to exchange real and practical intelligence that helps them make substantial savings and improvements for their businesses.

CASME members are hands-on category and sourcing managers willing to share practical experiences and detailed knowledge with CIPS members for reciprocal benefit and benchmarking purposes. For further information on CASME please visit their website.

CASME launches new brand identity

Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

Crown Commercial ServiceCCS - providing procurement and commercial expertise for the public sector

CCS is an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office and operates as a Trading Fund. Their role is to help the public sector achieve commercial benefits, including savings, when buying the goods and services widely used across the whole of the public sector. CCS also leads on developing and implementing the UK’s public sector procurement policy and delivering commercial policy priorities.

CCS negotiates deals for everyday goods and services - as one buyer - for the whole of the public sector. Their customers include NHS trusts, local authorities, government departments, police forces, emergency services, schools, colleges and charities across the UK.

The areas they work in span:

  • Technology: cloud and digital, network services, software and technology products and services
  • Corporate services: travel, fleet, office supplies, information and content management, communications and financial services
  • Buildings: facilities management, maintenance and repair, utilities and fuel
  • People: permanent and temporary staff (including clinical staff), outsourced services (such as language and employee services) and advisory services


For further information about CCS please visit their website.


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have worked together with BuiltIntelligence to create and e-learning module which will help procurement professionals root out attempts to win contracts through anti-competitive conduct.

The module, which is intended to take no more than 40 minutes to complete, will help to gain an awareness of why bid-rigging is harmful, what kinds of activities and patterns of behaviour they should watch out for, what they can do to mitigate risks and where they can go to get help if they suspect a case.

Access the FREE Bid Rigging eLearning for Procurement Professionals

See our ESPO Knowledge Partner page for more information.

Energy Institute

Energy InstituteThe Energy Institute (EI) is the leading professional membership body for the global energy sector, covering the depth and breadth of energy in all its forms and applications.

The EI has over 40 years’ experience of working in the field of energy management and efficiency. It is the only body that offers the Chartered Energy Manager qualification and provides a Register of Professional Energy Consultants (RPEC); all of whom are rigorously assessed, have achieved chartered status and are bound by a strict Code of Conduct.

Under the UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), all large organisations in the UK with 250 or more employees, or have an annual turnover of more than £38,973,777 and a balance sheet of £33,486,489 are mandated to carry out energy assessments conducted by approved Lead Assessors. Failure to comply will result in a potential fine of £50,000. Assessments must be submitted to the Environment Agency by 5 December 2015.

Both the EI’s registered consultants and Chartered Energy Managers are approved to conduct these audits. They are best placed to advise those seeking to save energy and cut costs, whether their business uses energy in its buildings, operations or transport.

For more information on training courses and other resources, visit www.energyinst.org/energy-efficiency 

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including from terrorism, serious and organised crime and cyber-attack. It also works to protect UK forces wherever they are deployed and, through its Information Security arm CESG, provides policy and assistance on the security of Government communications and electronic data. Further information about GCHQ can be found on our website: www.gchq.gov.uk.

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights in the public interest.

Major Projects

Through the Learning Legacy project, London 2012 is sharing the knowledge and the lessons learned from the construction of the Olympic Park and preparing and staging the Games, to help raise the bar within construction and event sectors, and act as a showcase for UK plc.

Partnership for Public Procurement

The Partnership for Public Procurement was founded in 2011 by CIPS and NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. Applying our combined expertise and credibility, to our shared vision of public procurement for public good, brings best practice and professionalism to public sector groups all over the world.

Global Public Procurement portal

The Partnership’s resource rich, global public procurement website provides public sector organisations access to tools, processes, guidance and standards developed by the partnership to bring best practice public procurement to their agencies.

Public Procurement Profiler

The Public Procurement Profiler is a proprietary tool developed by the Partnership that gives agencies the insight needed to raise standards in not just organisational performance, but also in process improvement, policy setting and people development. Public organisations can use the Profiler’s assessment reports as the foundation and framework, for a continuous improvement methodology that results in tangible and measurable benefits.

FREE Online Evaluation

Sharing the academic research that underpins the Public Procurement Profiler, the Partnership offers a free, yet valuable, online evaluation tool that quickly appraises key agency procurement practices.  Based on true-false responses to 20 statements, agencies immediately receive a report providing a high-level characterization of how their practices reflect that they have the essentials in place to perform in a structured, consistently effective manner.

Find out what CIPS and NIGP CEOs David Noble and Rick Grimm have to say about the partnership.

Values and Guiding Principles

The Partnership champions the adoption of the Values and Guiding Principles (VGPs) of Public Procurement.  Over 80 government agencies and professional associations across the globe have already adopted the VGPs and the Partnership continues to promote them globally as fundamental to good procurement practice.

The establishment of a formalised, reference-able body of values and guiding principles is a milestone development for the public procurement profession.  The Values and Guiding Principles provide organisations the foundation upon which to establish their professional identity and their professional practice.

Taxpayers must feel confident that their governments are spending in a manner that is principled, achieves best value and is transparent.  Governments that embrace these Values and Guiding Principles - and actively reflect them in their procurement practices - let their communities know that they are supported by professionals committed to practices consistent with the values of good public stewardship.

Get in touch if you would like to adopt the VGPs in your organisation.

Principles and Practices for Public Procurement

The Partnership has published a series of Practices for Public Procurement that provides guidance on key aspects of public procurement practice.

The finalised Practices for Public Procurement © (CIPS and NIGP) are freely available to all members.

The Partnership invite our members and all stakeholders in public procurement to participate in the public review and comment period as we continue to develop new Practices. Opportunities for review and comment are announced through the Partnership’s websites and newsletters.

We encourage you to support this global initiative that is the first of its type and ground-breaking in what it seeks to achieve - common standard of practice and a common public procurement language around the world.

You can find out more information about the relationship and our plans from our FAQs. Look out for further information on our website, including the opportunity for public sector procurement professionals to become involved in consultation.

Procurement Fraud

A simple definition of procurement fraud would be ‘fraud within the procurement lifecycle of a product or service, not forgetting long-term maintenance contracts’.

Public Sector

The public sector refers to the part of the economy concerned with providing various government services.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo)

APScoThe Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) was formed to give all firms involved in the recruitment of professional talent that have a commitment to excellence, the specialist support and distinctive voice they need to be successful. It gives candidates and employers a trusted badge of quality whilst providing member firms with an innovative range of services designed for them by recruitment experts. These services, combined with its growing international profile, commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and opportunities for professional networking give APSCo members a unique opportunity to develop their businesses and gain competitive advantage.

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)


The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management (FM). Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 16,000 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations and thousands more through qualifications and training. We promote and embed professional standards in facilities management.

BIFM is the professional body for FM

Our unique resources will help you develop core skills and increase your personal sense of success in the workplace. Use our indispensable advice, training and know how to enhance your career.

Research and Information

The Knowledge section of our website brings together BIFM’s research activities, a wide range of information sources including key research reports, FM Leader Forum discussion documents, Good Practice Guides, Guidance notes and much more.

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

BCIThe Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was founded in 1994 with the aim of promoting a more resilient world and over that time has become the world’s leading Institute for business continuity and resilience professionals with over 8,000 members based in over 100 countries.

The BCI achieves its aims by ensuring that those tasked with developing business continuity within their workplace have the right skills and knowledge to perform their role.

One of the primary roles of the BCI is a certifying body and each and every year it trains around 1,300 new business continuity professionals, providing them with the world-renowned CBCI credential upon successful completion of their exam. The BCI stands for excellence in the business continuity profession and its certified grades provide assurance of technical and professional competency.

The BCI is also a thought leadership body, conducting industry research and acting as a conduit for knowledge and experience within the industry, facilitating the sharing of best practice in business continuity.

The BCI Partnership, through corporate membership, offers organizations the opportunity to work with the BCI to promote best practice in business continuity and to raise their corporate profile in the global business continuity and resilience arena.

The BCI Knowledge Bank contains a wealth of information including the BCI’s Horizon Scan Report which highlights the greatest threats that organizations face along with the Business Case for BCM and the BCM Survival Guide. The Continuity Magazine offers the latest thinking within the industry.

For more information on BCI please visit - www.thebci.org.

BCI survey
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), Zurich Insurance, supported by CIPS, are running the 8th Supply Chain Resilience Survey and would greatly welcome your input. Thanks to your support in previous years, the results are widely quoted in the press and the survey is a well-regarded industry resource.

Take the survey

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

CILTThe Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the leading professional body associated with logistics and transport in the world.  Our members represent a community of professionals working in industries associated with the movement and handling of goods and people, their design and planning, execution and improvement. The Institute is organised on a federal basis, with more than 30 Territorial Organisations and Institute Branches all sharing the Institute’s principal objective: ‘To promote and advance the art and science of logistics and transport’.  The Institute achieves this objective through both its membership and its educational qualifications.

CILT UK has professional sectors which represent the breadth of our membership and within each of those sectors are special interest groups; one of which is the Outsourcing and Procurement Forum. This forum works to initiate, and share, thinking and best practice on all aspects of logistics services outsourcing. The forum is keen to promote networking and discussion between members of the CILT and CIPS, and CIPS members receive discounts for the regular events run by the forum. Take a look at materials generated by the forum’s work, the presentations and discussion papers from its events, and information on upcoming events.

The Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM)

ITMThe Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) is the leading professional body for buyers, managers and suppliers of business travel in the UK and Ireland. ITM is a not-for-profit association with more than 2900 members, representing £6bn of travel and meetings spend.

Membership of the ITM equips you with a range of resources, networking and education which are all designed to help you achieve your goals. We offer comprehensive support that can help you save time, money and gain a competitive advantage.

We are led by a group of supplier and buyer members appointed as Board Directors. As a member-led organisation, we act solely in the interest of the ITM community.

View the ITM / CIPS - How to Guide - Business Travel Procurement & Category Management.

For further information on ITM please visit their website. Visit ITM’s events calendar to find out about upcoming CPD accredited events.


ITM have a Crisis Management Hub available free to CIPS members. The portal is a one-stop-shop of resource and information to help Business Travel Professionals better manage the impact of travel disruption and crisis, as well as understanding Travel Risks and fulfilling ongoing Duty of Care obligations. View the ITM Risk Management Overview guidance.

For further resources please visit ITM Phoenix.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

ioshThe Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a UK-based charity and the Chartered body for health and safety professionals.

IOSH has more than 44,000 members in over 100 countries, making it the world's largest health and safety membership organisation.

The Institution's vision is to create "a world of work which is safe, healthy and sustainable" and it works with a range of organisations to raise awareness and standards, developing training for schools and businesses, and running campaigns that are relevant to millions of working people.

As well as lobbying governments on policy and law, IOSH accredits qualifications for its members, gives guidance, commissions research, develops resources and runs courses and events to help businesses and occupational safety and health professionals in the UK and overseas.

More information about IOSH is available on its website - www.iosh.co.uk

For more IOSH free resources click here.


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