BSI seeks views from CIPS on partnership standard

14 July 2010

14 July 2010 | Lindsay Clark

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is calling on CIPS members to help build an agreed standard for businesses working in partnership.  

The draft British Standard BS 11000 Collaborative business relationships is now out for public consultation. This standard builds upon the successful PAS 11000, the framework specification for supporting collaborative business partnering.

BSI is seeking to capture views from industry and wider stakeholder groups, including CIPS members, before the end of the month.

The framework developed by BSI with not-for-profit consultancy PSL (Partnership Sourcing Limited) and alongside government and procurement professionals has already helped organisations to help establish, manage and improve strategic partnering both within and across the public and private sectors.

BSI aims to expand BS 11000 further to address wider business sectors and elements of partnering relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Martyn Hart, chairman of the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) said: “This is an important initiative enabling all to benefit from the good practices of a robust and widely accepted standard in this essential part of the UK economy. The NOA has joined with BSI to vigorously encourage other industry associations, and individual organisations, involved in all types of collaborative business relationships across the UK to participate in the consultation process.”

Mike Low, director of BSI Standards, said: “Both business and the public sector are increasingly working in open environments with collaboration seen as an increasingly effective business model for organisations to work together.

“PAS 11000 has already helped a number of key partnerships to improve their collaborative working and the move to a British Standard will further support this. I would encourage all those interested to examine this draft standard and provide us with their comments.”

Earlier this year, five leading companies in the defence, aviation and support services sectors become the first in the UK to be awarded PAS 11000 certification, on which the BSI standard will be based. Raytheon Systems, the VT Group, NATS, Lockheed Martin UK and EMCOR Group (UK) worked closely with PSL to achieve PAS 11000 certification, awarded by BSI after they were audited in a pilot certification programme.

To view and comment on the draft standard, BS 11000, please visit the website by 31 July 2010. Publication of BS 11000 is expected in the last quarter of 2010.

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