BT takes top honours for corporate responsibility

13 November 2003
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13 November 2003 | David Arminas

BT has taken away top honours in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2003.

The telecommunications company, which won the best contribution to corporate responsibility category, was presented with its overall prize at the black-tie dinner at the London Hilton hotel on Park Lane.

Meryl Bushell, chief procurement officer at BT Group, said the award "was a great motivator for the team".

In 2002, BT's purchasers took over management of environmental issues from a separate department within the company. They began to implement an environmental contract clause committing suppliers to continuous improvement, regardless of contract value.

The proportion of suppliers committing themselves to environmental monitoring of their supply chains has since risen to nearly 80 per cent.

Bushell told SM: "When we started three years ago, the BT team had to get all organisations to understand that social responsibility was a business imperative. It's been three years of sustained and focused work for us."

TV celebrity and impressionist Rory Bremner hosted the gala event, attended by a record 700 guests.

Forty organisations and individuals were shortlisted in 14 categories for the awards, organised by CIPS and SM in association with TradingPartners, and sponsored by Ariba, Boxwood, Efficio, Hays Personnel, QP group and Kellysearch.

David Rich-Jones, president of CIPS and chairman of the judging panel, said the quality of entries was getting better every year.

"Entries for the young purchaser of year award were particularly high, with many showing exceptional maturity and knowledge for their short experience in procurement," said Rich-Jones, who is also chief executive of Xchanging Procurement Services.

"They had a particularly strong grasp of analysis and results-based procurement. It shows purchasing is in pretty good shape right now."

Trophies were presented to all category winners (see below).



BT Procurement and Supply Chain


Best contribution to corporate responsibility <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 BT Procurement and Supply Chain true false%>

Best international project <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 GM Fiat Worldwide Purchasing true false%>

Best people development initiative <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 BAE Systems true false%>

Best process improvement initiative <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 The Boots Company true false%>

Best purchaser-supplier partnership PricewaterhouseCoopers

Best use of technology <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 GlaxoSmithKline true false%> Most improved purchasing operation <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 C&J Clark International true false%>

Most innovative project HBOS


Manufacturing and utilities <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 BAE Systems true false%>

Public sector - central National Assembly for Wales

Public sector - local <%$Linker: External 0 0 0 The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust true false%>

Services The Boots Company


CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year
David Scott, supplies manager, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

CIPS Young Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year (aged 30 or under) Karen Felstead, commercial manager, Vodafone

The judging panel

David Rich-Jones, president, CIPS, and chief executive, Xchanging Procurement Services (chair of judges)

Guy Allen, head of group procurement, Abbey National

Andy Davies, head of procurement, Surrey County Council

Duncan Eaton, chief executive,

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

Jane Gibbs, group procurement director, CeDo

Ron Jarman, global procurement director - indirect, Diageo

Geraint John, editor, Supply Management

Melinda Johnson, senior consultant for the north of England,

Improvement and Development Agency

David Moon, chief procurement officer, ABN Amro

Ninian Wilson, senior vice-president, group purchasing and supply chain, Cable & Wireless

* To be kept informed about the 2004 awards, visit or call the team on +44 (0)20 7880 6249.


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