"This week CIPS celebrates Volunteers' Week, which recognises the valuable contribution that volunteers make across our community. We have over 600 volunteers globally who take a substantial amount of time out of their already very busy lives to give something back to the profession – I for one appreciate the commitment of our volunteers and I think this is worth celebrating.
Whether you have volunteered for decades or days, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all that you do. CIPS volunteers are a crucial connectivity for us and for the wider global procurement community. You reach out and ensure that members, no matter where they are, are supported, networked together and linked back to CIPS. Our valued volunteer network is built on a passion for the profession, which you clearly display. CIPS couldn’t do its valuable work without you.
As a volunteer, you are intimately connected with the procurement community and from that your contribution is vital and significant. Not just to CIPS and the profession in the here and now, but to professionals of the future who are inspired by you and all you give back to this profession.
I hope you get something back too. Volunteers often mention a feel-good factor, but it’s more than that. On an individual level, I hope that you are gaining new experiences to use in your own career, meeting new people to develop your own network, and achieving a sense of belonging in the best profession in the world.
Thanks again for taking this volunteering journey with us and for all your hard work. Everyone is valued, appreciated and supports the reason CIPS exists – the public good.”
Malcolm Harrison FCIPS