Politicians need advice on stakeholder relations

11 May 2011
What do people really want? I feel if elected politicians want to win over the general public, first they should concentrate on those closer to home. Councillors on Dundee City Council are currently under attack after their decision to sanction the purchase of electric vehicles that are allegedly not suitable for the needs of the staff they have been bought for. The four cars are to be used as pool vehicles for site visits by supervisors from the council’s contracting arm, Dundee Contract Services, who provide building services. But a council employee has complained to Dundee’s local paper The Courier that the electric cars are not used as much as their diesel predecessors because staff cannot fit copper piping and other building supplies into the smaller vehicles. The council argues the cars aren’t meant for transporting these materials, because supervisors are overseeing building work. They also expect the cars to save £12,000 a year over the course of their life. But an important step is to make sure your stakeholders are engaged to understand their requirements. ☛ At SM we are always keen to communicate with readers. Perhaps you would like to share your opinions on the latest procurement and supply chain news with your peers each month? If you would like to take part in the SM100 poll, please email your details to editorial@supplymanagement.com
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