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Find out more about our relationship NIGP as well as the other recommended organisations.

NIGP Partnership

CIPS and US organisation the National Institute of Governmental Access the  finalised principles and practices for procurementPurchasing (NIGP) are working in partnership to develop their work for public sector procurement and the public good. The partnership will combine expertise and credibility to bring best practice and professionalism to public sector groups all over the world.

The partnership will result in specific tools, processes and guidance for use in public procurement organisations and may include organisation assessments and people development training programmes. A Maturity Framework will be designed as an enabler to raise standards in not just people development, but also in benchmarking organisational development, process development and policy setting. The results will change the way in which organisations and people work, emphasising a continuous improvement methodology that results in tangible and measurable benefits.

Find out what CIPS and NIGP CEOs David Noble and Rick Grimm have to say about the partnership.


Values and Guiding Principles


Through the partnership a set of Values and Guiding Principles (VGPs) of Public Procurement, have been agreed following a global consultation from leading public sector procurement professionals.  CIPS has adopted the values as an organisation and is joint champion along with NIGP. Over 80 government agencies and professional associations across the globe have already adopted the VGPs and CIPS will be working hard to promote them globally as a pillar of good practice.

The establishment of a formalised, reference-able body of values and guiding principles is a milestone development for the public procurement profession.  The CIPS Code of Professional Ethics is the foundation of procurement professional’s personal conduct and the Values and Guiding Principles have been developed to embed strong values at an organisational level to provide a foundation to build standards of practice on.

Taxpayers must feel confident that their governments are spending in a manner that is principled, achieves best value and is transparent.  Governments that embrace these Values and Guiding Principles - and actively reflect them in their procurement practices - let their communities know that they are supported by professionals committed to practices consistent with the values of good public stewardship.

Get in touch if you would like to adopt the VGPs in your organisation.


Principles and Practices for Public Procurement


We have produced a series of Principles and Practices for Public Procurement to provide guidance for public sector procurement organisations on key aspects and principles of procurement practice, all aimed at enhancing and developing approaches to public procurement.

The finalised Principles and Practices for Public Procurement © (CIPS and NIGP) are freely available to all members.

CIPS along with NIGP, invite our members to participate in the public consultation for all future development work for this project, we will be keeping you updated every month through our Upd@te e-newsletter.

We encourage you to support this initiative that is the first of its type and ground-breaking in what is seeks to achieve, which is common standard of practice and a common public procurement language around the world.

You can find out more information about the relationship and our plans from our FAQs.  Look out for further information on our website, including the opportunity for public sector procurement professionals to become involved in consultation.

Other Global links

http://www.aerce.org/ Asociacion Espanola de Responsables de Compras, contratacion y aprovisionamientos (AERCE)
http://www.apics.org/ Association for Operations Management (APICS)
http://www.bme.de/   German Association for logistics
http://www.cfdg.org.uk/   The Charity Finance Directors' Group is a membership organisation set up in 1987 and specialises in helping charities to manage their accounting, taxation, audit and other finance related functions.
http://www.cdaf.asso.fr/ Compagnie des Dirigeants et Acheteurs de France (CDAF)
http://www.dilf.dk/   Dansk IndkObs- og Logistik Forum (DILF)
http://www.ekobai.com/  Ekobai.com is an online B2B business directory listing sustainable suppliers that have third party audited certification to global standards.
http://www.healthcaresupply.org.uk/  The Health Care Supply Organisation - The Association’s purpose is to provide a professional network that encourages shared learning and promotes the commercial profession within healthcare.
http://www.iimm.org/   Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM)
http://www.ism.ws/   The Institute for Supply Management - Through a partnership agreement we offer CIPS members guest access to the members-only section of the ISM website.
This includes an extensive database of supply management information and more than 2,500 related articles and conference presentations.
http://www.iod.com/   The Institue of Directors - As a worldwide association of members, the Institute of Directors (IoD) provides a professional network that reaches into every corner of the business community.
http://www.itm.org.uk/   The Institute of Travel & Meetings is the leading professional body representing buyers, managers and suppliers of business travel in the UK and Ireland.
http://www.ifpmm.org/   The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 43 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide.
http://www.ipsera.com/   International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
http://www.iipmm.ie/   Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (IIPMM)
http://www.mipmm.org.my/   Malaysian Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (MIPMM)
http://www.ncmahq.org/   National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
http://www.nigp.org/   National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP)
http://www.nevi.nl/   Nederlandse Vereniging voor Inkoopmanagement (NEVI)
http://www.nima.no/   Norsk Forbund for InnkjOp og Logistikk (NIMA)
http://www.pscmt.or.th/   Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Association of Thailand (PSCMT)
http://www.pmac.ca/   Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)
http://www.london.gov.uk/rp/   Responsible Procurement - The Mayor's vision is for London to be an exemplary, sustainable, world city.
http://www.svme.ch/   Schweizerischer Verband Fur Materialwirtschaft und Einkauf (SVME)
http://www.simm.org.sg/   Singapore Institute of Materials Management (SIMM)
http://www.sopo.org/   Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO)
http://www.unops.org/cips   UNOPS, a central resource for procurement within the United Nations

UNOPS, a central resource for procurement within the United Nations, has formed a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, to help low and middle-income countries save money and reduce poverty.

Through a range of consulting, training, qualification and certification services, UNOPS & CIPS are helping local procurement professionals develop their skills and stem ‘leaks’ in the supply chain.
http://www.bevib.be/   Vereniging voor Inkoop en Bedrijfslogistiek (VIB)

ITM Partnership

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