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.
FULL LIST OF WINNERSOVERALL WINNER
BT Procurement and Supply Chain
SUBJECT CATEGORIES Best contribution to corporate responsibility
BT Procurement and Supply ChainBest international project
GM Fiat Worldwide PurchasingBest people development initiative
BAE SystemsBest process improvement initiative
The Boots CompanyBest purchaser-supplier partnership
PricewaterhouseCoopersBest use of technology
Most improved purchasing operation
C&J Clark InternationalMost innovative project
SECTOR CATEGORIESManufacturing and utilities
BAE SystemsPublic sector - central
National Assembly for WalesPublic sector - local
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS TrustServices
The Boots Company
CIPS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year
David Scott, supplies manager, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS TrustCIPS Young Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year (aged 30 or under)
Karen Felstead, commercial manager, Vodafone