The UNDP announced its endorsement at the CIPS Pan African Conference in Johannesburg in July.
“It is very rare for the UN to put its name to an entity or activity like this,” said CIPS group CEO David Noble.
In an interview with Classic FM in South Africa, he added: "It is recognition that the UN has a severe problem on its hands. A confluence of factors – the increasing prevalence of supply chain risk, modern slavery and corruption – have brought the need to address controls in the supply chain more than ever before,” he said. The answer is to introduce accountability through licensing so decisions are not made solely for commercial reasons and there is a consequence to actions.”
Noble added that licensing will get the right behaviour and capabilities into place for supply chain professionals.
Speaking in the same interview, CIPS Africa managing director Andre Coetzee said governance is an increasingly important issue in the public sector in Africa. “People are keen on professionalisation because it will make their lives easier. In Africa there is sometimes political interference in business decisions. If you want to behave ethically, how can you deal with that? A licence will go a long way to support professionals.”