What price a high profile?

23 December 2009
The Ethisphere institute – an international business ethics think tank – has released its list of 2009’s 100 most influential people in business ethics. Placed fourth is Keith Jubah, who was Liberia’s head of Public Procurement and Concessions Commission until he was shot dead earlier this year simply for doing his job – fighting corruption. He’s not the only individual to be listed whose work has something to do with purchasing and supply. Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for competition is up there, as are others, including Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke for his role in the “heightened expectations set for suppliers” via the company’s sustainability index; and Dan Gorsky, senior vice president, supply chain management, at McDonald’s. Jubah is, however, listed highest of anyone on the roll who would be considered a true procurement and supply professional. And while it’s good that someone involved in procurement achieved such a high profile, I do wonder: is he only placed there because he’s dead? Making it on to a list of important people named by an institute you may never have heard of may not be your professional aim – but it is yet further evidence that the opportunity exists in the area of CSR for buyers to make their mark and make procurement known.
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