'Procurement is now a leading global profession'

4 October 2012

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4 October 2012 | Lorna Blackwood

CIPS CEO David Noble kicked off the CIPS Annual Conference 2012 with a speech celebrating the profession's impact on the world stage.

“There is no more global a profession currently than supply management. CIPS has recognised this with offices opening in both the Middle East and China this year,” he said.

Another global venture he highlighted was the now year-old partnership with the US organisation, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). The two membership organisations have been developing their work on public sector procurement and the public good.

Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP, who followed Noble’s speech, said it was a natural partnership between the two as both countries are linked by ancestry, history and a common language. He said: “CIPS and NIGP are taking the risk to improve best practice in the public sector. We will create a more robust sector and with CIPS we will strengthen the capacities and contributions of procurement to the public good across the globe.”

Noble took the opportunity to announce new CIPS initiatives for 2013. Following the success of the monthly Purchasing Managers' Indices, the institute will be launching a Sustainability Index, in association with PRGX, as well as a Risk Index with Zurich. Both will be introduced in the next financial year.

A new qualifications syllabus, with a robust examinations system, will also be rolled out in March 2013 and a new magazine, Supply Business will succeed Supply Management’s sister publication CPO Agenda and target stakeholder communities to promote the value of the procurement profession.

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