March 2019

Spotlight on diversity and inclusion

Attracting and retaining the best talent is a key aspect of procurement’s success, and effective diversity and inclusion plays an important role. This means respecting and valuing all forms of difference including race and ethnicity, culture and belief, gender and sexuality, age and social status. This can also bring commercial benefits, increasing staff morale and employee retention. More


Diversity and inclusion best practice

Discover more on how to ensure you are embedding diversity and inclusion best practice within your supply chain, with resources, videos and tips to support your strategies… More

Diverse routes to MCIPS

This year’s graduation ceremony was opened up to all students who have recently gained MCIPS. This includes those who studied on applied learning (Corporate Award) programme or completed an accredited degree.

Congratulations to all our graduates

Just under 300 students from around the world took part in CIPS Graduation Ceremony held at the historic Peterborough Cathedral on 29 March 2019. Supported by their family and friends they heard from Malcolm Harrison FCIPS, Group CEO, CIPS who welcomed the students and congratulated them on their achievements and then Karen Moorhouse, MCIPS, Young Professional of Year 2018 on how to build on their success.

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Top tips from procurement leaders

Our Procurement Power List 2018 offer their advice on leadership… More

Supplier diversity

Our supplier diversity white paper focuses on unlocking innovation, driving competitiveness and enhancing reputation. It explores how, from the workforce to the supply chain, diversity and inclusion of people and ideas are critical drivers for further growth in any organisation and no longer the ‘box-ticking’ exercises of the past… More

Supplier toolkit

This Diversity Toolkit from MSDUK is designed to support companies as they work towards establishing an effective supplier diversity programme, with practical guidance and advice… More

SME & big company handbooks

Find out more about developing effective engagement between SMEs and larger organisations or the public sector… More

Building a bi-modal supply chain

Today’s supply chains are more complex and volatile than ever. Having the ability to act with confidence requires supply chain planning that supports all of your organisation’s objectives, including customer satisfaction, margin, utilisation, delivery and revenue. This paper from Kinaxis explains more about the importance of building a supply chain that is capable of both ensuring efficient day-to-day operations as well as driving innovation and revolutionary change… More

Demonstrating supplier diversity

CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme (PEP) is an independent review of an organisation’s procurement and supply chain processes, policies, procedures, and strategies. Recent successes achieving the award include: NHS Arden & Gem CSU, with energy companies EDF Energy and UK Power Networks who perform particularly well on supplier Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and diversity policy implementation, and went on to achieve awards at Platinum level.

The Department for Transport also did well, which bodes well for achieving the government directive for departments to use at least 33% SMEs as part of their supplier portfolio.

Brexit border delays

UK exporters will foot the bill for Brexit border delays, EU supply chain managers warn. A delay of just one day at the UK/EU border could lead to a significant bill for British exporters in late delivery discounts and lost contracts, according to a CIPS survey of supply chain managers in the UK and the EU. One in ten UK exporters could have contracts cancelled if there are delays at the border… More

Change management

For procurement leaders looking to successfully steer their organisations towards digital transformation, this paper addresses the biggest challenges facing change management, with tips on how to effectively manage modifications as a component of digital transformation… More

CIPS Knowledge

Pressures facing procurement today

Recent research shows professionals responsible for indirect procurement and MRO supplies face a range of pressures, both on a day-to-day basis and at a strategic level… More


CIPS supports UK Government to eradicate slavery and improve ethics in procurement

Following on from the announcement that the UK Government Central Function (GCF) expects all its employees who have MCIPS and FCIPS to upgrade to Chartered status, the UK Government is now advising all those in its Commercial and Procurement Function to improve their understanding of how to mitigate against the risks of modern slavery in public supply chains by taking the online training and test in ethical procurement developed by CIPS… More

CIPS New Zealand conference 2019

Procurement and supply chain professionals, senior leadership teams and business professionals interested in innovation, change, and social and sustainable impact of business attended CIPS New Zealand conference in the March 2019. The conference reflected the ethical principles influencing and driving business decisions around the world.

Mark Lamb, General Manager – Asia Pacific commented: “As the global business stage becomes ever more complex and societal changes impact on business, procurement professionals need to be at the forefront of understanding what these changes mean.”

ISO sustainability standard

The primary challenge for sustainable procurement champions in Australia is to convince their organisations to embrace the ethical and commercial virtues of sustainable procurement. Only a few Australian organisations are taking this topic seriously and investing time and resources in sustainability.

An initiative has been launched between ten Australian organisations from different sectors who have learnt to work together through the development of ISO 20400: 2017 – Sustainable Procurement Guidance. The product of this collaboration is a practical and impactful guidance document that will help sustainability and procurement professionals improve on making the case for Sustainable Procurement in their organisations, covering all seven core subjects of ISO 20400: organisational governance, the environment, human rights, labour practices, community involvement and development, fair operating practices and consumer issues.

CIPS receives grant to develop health procurement capability in Africa

CIPS will be working with a number of on-the-ground agencies to look at ways to strengthen procurement processes and knowledge to deliver improved procurement spending… More

Launch of the African Healthcare Procurement Community Programme

Dr Anban Pillay from the National Department of Health discusses the CIPS African Healthcare Procurement Community Programme.

Launch Video

Hear from Dr Anban Pillay

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