As we put together this year’s guide to procurement for university graduates, we were trying to identify stories that had appeared in the national news involving purchasing that demonstrate the profession’s impact on the world around us.
Items which immediately sprang to mind were Primark’s problems with conditions at its suppliers, SC Johnson’s plan to help poor Rwandan farmers through better purchasing
, and the Ministry of Defence’s “gold standard cock-up” in the purchase of Chinook helicopters.
There is clearly a mix of positive and negative stories, but so often it is only the negative, where procurement has made an error, that gives the profession the oxygen of publicity.
Which news stories involving procurement can you remember? Are they positive or negative for the profession?