All the winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel © Alex Deverill
All the winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel © Alex Deverill

Schneider Electric powers to victory in CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2022

22 September 2022

Schneider Electric’s ambitious Zero Carbon Project has seen it named overall winner in the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2022.

Under the project, Schneider has partnered with its top 1,000 suppliers – which represent 70% of the company's carbon output – to halve their operational emissions by 2025.

The Zero Carbon Project, launched in 2021, sees Schneider providing tools and resources to suppliers to help them set and achieve their own carbon reduction targets.

Globally 1,019 suppliers are formally onboarded and have committed to strong decarbonisation. More than 70% of participating suppliers are embarking on an emission-reduction trajectory for the first time. 

As part of the programme an extensive supplier support framework has been deployed, comprising mentoring, exclusive access to a web portal with the latest training, and advisory support from Schneider. 

In less than a year nearly 40% of those suppliers have shown average reductions of around 4% in carbon emissions.

This work is part of Schneider’s wider goal of achieving a net zero carbon emissions in its supply chain by 2050.

Along with overall victory, Schneider also won Best Sustainability Project of the Year.

The judges said: “It's a fantastic initiative with massive impact across 1,000 suppliers. It shows impressive ambition with a good measurement of the progress.”

The awards were presented at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, with headline sponsor RS Components.


The CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards winners 2022:


Overall winner

Schneider Electric

Public Procurement Project of the Year

NHS Arden & GEM CSU – Support For The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Procurement Team of the Year – Small Organisation

BlueLight Commercial – Transforming Commercial Services Together Across Blue Light Services


Procurement Team of the Year – Large Organisation

 Walgreens Boots Alliance – Procurement, The WBA Way! 


Procurement Consultancy Project of the Year

Curzon Consulting – Procurement Transformation Programme with Ramsay Health Care

Outstanding People Development Programme

Lloyds Banking Group – Pivoting To A High Performance Commercial Sourcing Capability

Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Procurement Teams

BP – Positive Impacts From A Great Team

Best Use of Digital Technology

GEP – Transforming Procure-to-Pay Operations With GEP SMART

Best Sustainability Project of the Year

Schneider Electric – The Zero Carbon Project

Best Supplier Relationship Management Initiative

IAND – Integrating ESG Into Supplier Relationship Management

Best Procurement Transformation Programme

Vectura Limited – Vectura's Business Transformation

Best Practice in Supply Chain Integration

MTN Group – Digitising Supply Chain Ecosystem

Best Initiative to Deliver Social Value through Procurement

Birmingham City Council – Corporate Procurement (Policy & Governance Team) – Match My Project

Best Initiative to Build a Diverse Supplier Base

Safaricom PLC – Women In Business (WIB) Diversity & Inclusion

Best Collaborative Teamwork Project

Shell – ‘Clear As Mud’

Best Approach to Risk Mitigation

Sellafield Ltd – Supply Chain Risk And Resilience Transformation


Leader of the Year

Thomas Udesen – Bayer

Young Talent

Niklas Ring – Deutsche Post DHL


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