GCF and CIPS extend partnership to tackle pandemic

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
8 October 2020

A partnership between CIPS and the Government Commercial Function (GCF) is to be extended to help deal with challenges posed by Covid-19.

The joint MOU between the organisations, signed in 2017, will be extended for a further 12 months “in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the emerging commercial capability needs over the longer term”, said CIPS.

Since 2017 the partnership has resulted in people development programmes, improvements to training on ethics and modern slavery, and a customised route to CIPS chartered status for Government Commercial Organisation professionals.

The CIPS GCF Senior Commercial Leaders forum was established with the aim of improving competency and learning and development, including the opportunity for external specialists, such as Jaguar Land Rover, to share best practice.

Malcolm Harrison, group CEO, CIPS, said: “As we move forward into recovery mode out of the pandemic, it is clear that commercial capability will be even more critical.  

“We are delighted with the progress we have achieved over the past three years and look forward to delivering more in the coming 12 months.”

Gareth Rhys Williams, government chief commercial officer, said: “This relationship supports our aim to be the best commercial function in the UK. In 2020 we achieved our highest ever number of finalists and winners at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards.

“As head of the function and profession I expect our rising number of MCIPS and FCIPS holders to achieve chartered status as part of their continuing professional development journey.  

“The extension to the MOU will give us time to plan for the longer term, reflecting on the capability needs of the profession to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

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