'Responsible' BT takes top prize at profession's awards

31 October 2003
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31 October 2003

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

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

Meryl Bushell, chief procurement officer at BT Group, said it was "great to have purchasing's contribution to the company recognised".

She told SM: "It gives us real motivation and I assure you the whole team will be rocking and rolling about the award."

In 2002, BT's purchasers took over management of environmental issues from a separate department and began implementing an environmental contract clause that committed 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.

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

Thirty-four organisations 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 is getting better each year.

"Entries for the Young Purchaser of the 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 14 categories.



BT Procurement and Supply Chain


Best contribution to corporate responsibility BT Procurement and Supply Chain

Best international project GM Fiat Worldwide Purchasing

Best people development initiative BAE Systems

Best process improvement initiative The Boots Company

Best purchaser-supplier partnership PricewaterhouseCoopers

Best use of technology GlaxoSmithKline Most improved purchasing operation C&J Clark International

Most innovative project HBOS


Manufacturing and utilities BAE Systems

Public sector - central National Assembly for Wales

Public sector - local The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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


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