CIPS achieves silver accreditation from Investors in People

CIPS 30 January 2013

CIPS goes for silver after significant changes in its business model

Accredited since 2003, and joining 4075 accredited companies from all sectors across the region, CIPS and only 126 companies (3% of those accredited) have reached silver standard. CIPS is focussed on people performance to continue to be an important employer in the area.

With the arrival of a new CEO three years ago, CIPS has focussed on procedural and cultural change and some big themes have been tackled: 

  • Governance structure. A more streamlined operation.
  • All departments having a greater understanding of CIPS strategic goals and aligning their own targets to those goals
  • Ensuring all staff actions are underpinned by common core values and behaviours with access to personal development

The IIP report highlighted good communications around business strategies and a high level of understanding amongst staff, with good consultation amongst employees. This was the result of bold decisions taken by the CIPS strategic management  team and the launch of a graduate scheme to support new talent in Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties.

The IIP assessor commented

“The reach and significance of these initiatives is ambitious and demanding significant commitment from both management and the workforce. I believed that it would be too early for CIPS to have made significant progress – I was wrong.

“The cultural and disciplinary shift gives me confidence that my conclusion that the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply warrants being accredited as an Investor in People at silver level is well justified. Culture and ethos are as important as processes and strategies. My sincere congratulations to all at CIPS.”

David Noble, CIPS CEO said, ”We have all worked very hard to achieve this status and we are proud of our achievement.

We only have a small team at Easton, but with a global impact with offices all over the world including Australia, Dubai, Africa and China. We are an international organisation with thousands of members, settled in a sleepy Lincolnshire village, but we punch above our weight and work with the UK government and, high-profile businesses and the third sector.”

CIPS has signed up to a continuous programme of development with IIP, to support  go on to train and qualify businesses and organisations all over the world to improve their procurement and supply management skills.


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