CIPS and NIGP launch partnership

CIPS 18 August 2011

CIPs and NIGP develop partnership to bring best practice to public sector.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and US organization the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) are delighted to announce a 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. The 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, emphasizing a continuous improvement methodology that results in tangible and measurable benefits.

David Noble, CIPS CEO and only non-executive member of the UK Government’s Procurement Executive Board, said of the partnership, “This is public procurement for the public good. Procurement faces real challenges at the moment to prove successful working and delivering tangible results to the public purse, no matter which country, or which region or corner of the world. Our code of ethics will be fundamental here to support and encourage improved ethical practices, and the power of both organisations working together will have a positive impact on public procurement. The journey starts here.”

Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP said, “After a decade of highlighting excellence in public procurement and the substantial contribution procurement professionals make toward organisational success, NIGP eagerly anticipates working with CIPS to strengthen the capacities and contributions of procurement to the public good across the globe. This partnership shows our growing capacity to engage with diverse groups, whether local, state, provincial, national or international and we’re eager and willing to extend the reach of our best practice principles and offer practical guidance.”

The partnership is being officially launched at the NIGP annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland, USA on the 25-29 August, by NIGP CEO Rick Grimm and CIPS CEO David Noble. The Principles and Practices for Public Procurement will be available in autumn 2011, and the Public Procurement Maturity Framework in 2012 after extensive research by the two organisations.

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