10 June 2010 | Andy Allen
Five defence, aviation and transport businesses have become the first organisations to win certification under the new BSi PAS 11000 standard – the first in the world to formally benchmark best practice in partnering and collaborative working.
Raytheon Systems, the VT Group, NATS, Lockheed Martin and EMCOR UK were the five companies to pick up the award.
Martin Rolfe, managing director of Lockheed Martin UK, civil information systems and global services, said: “Participating in the PAS 11000 programme gave us the opportunity to formally test our established approach to partnering and collaboration against an independent assessment.”
The standard, developed by the British Standards Institute and PSL, is intended to define best practice and provide formal recognition for companies who place significant emphasis on partnering.
It will also allow businesses to standardise partnering across their organisations and ensure a consistent approach.
PAS is a ‘publicly available specification’, a staging post to full BSi certification.
According to the BSi, PAS 11000 is already being adopted by government departments as the foundation for its collaborative relationships.
Andrew Morris, business development director at BSi, said: “One of the purposes of offering a pilot programme was to gauge demand for certification to this standard.
“That such prestigious organisations were so enthusiastic to contribute to it has reassured us that there is definitely a market for this service.”
David Hawkins, operations director at PSL, said collaboration and partnering were becoming increasingly important as government and business strived to save money, but work on the standard began a while back.
“The starting point was some research that PSL did five years ago which showed that business in the future would involve more alliances and networks, but there was some inconsistency in the way it was being done.”
He said the new standard created a framework for effective partnering, but was not bureaucratic or dictatorial. The framework could be applied to alliances anywhere in the chain: between organisations and customers, organisations and suppliers, or partnering between suppliers working on a contract for a client.
Hawkins said that working with BSi, PSL planned to evolve the PAS 1100 to full a standard in October.