Philip Cartwright, senior purchasing manager at Jaguar Land Rover, told a CIPS networking event in Shanghai about the challenges facing western companies in China.
This follows the major anti-corruption campaign launched by China’s president Xi Jinping when he took office in 2012.
Cartwright said absolute compliance to ethical standards is needed and JLR had acted to prevent corruption in its supply chain. CIPS’ head of business development, Rebecca Fox, presented an update on global trends in procurement.
• The joint west central branches of Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester (@cipsbirmingham) tweeted live at an event for the first time – an audience with CIPS President Babs Omotowa in Dudley.
Omotowa told members from the private and public sectors they need to “understand the language of business” to make an impact, and better connect with stakeholders by “speaking up about our achievements”. The need to raise the voice of the profession – Omotowa’s theme for his presidency – meant the profession should, “tell the world of the great work we do”.
• A registered study centre for CIPS in Jordan has launched its first training course.
Muhakat, in Amman, began the CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply in February with students from a range of organisations. After the success of the course a number of students have decided to work towards gaining the MCIPS designation.