CIPS launches original news-format, in collaboration with ITN Productions Industry News

CIPS 28 October 2020

How the pandemic has heightened the importance of procurement and supply, where procurement has been able to make the most difference and what businesses can learn from this time.

CIPS and ITN Productions Industry News launch a bespoke, co-production to raise awareness and support of the issues that affect the global procurement and supply management profession.

Procurement and supply are essential to business, society and the economy, and more so today. The pressure on the UK’s supply chain to meet the needs of the nation has been huge throughout 2020 in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Anchored by ITN Productions Industry News presenter Sharon Thomas, Supply, Support and Sustain provides understanding of the global procurement and supply management profession. The news-style programme covers several key themes from encouraging understanding of the importance of sustainability in the supply chain to inspiring the next generation.

Malcolm Harrison, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply discusses the global supply chain and how businesses have been affected; how the pandemic has heightened the importance of procurement and supply, where procurement has been able to make the most difference and what businesses can learn from this time. He offers his thoughts on ethics and sustainability as the priorities of organisation change and looking to the future – where will the procurement leaders shift their attention?

The collaboration features interviews, reports and sponsored editorial profiles with CIPS representatives and their expert industry partners, who are driving change to improve standards and innovations within this new remote world. Supply, Support and Sustain will cover the seismic shift in procurement and supply caused by the coronavirus on two of the globe’s biggest industries, construction and hospitality.

Covid-19 and Brexit have had an adverse effect on the supply chain and companies have been forced to adapt. A Supply, Support and Sustain news report on E-Procurement software company Market Dojo explains how the company is helping customers to overcome their challenges and move forward with alternative solutions. While Suppleye offer digital solutions to the sector keeping suppliers updated with insights and suppliers outside of their organisation.

Also featured on the programme are eSouring experts Scanmarket. The cloud based strategic platform has been helping customers to manage their businesses during the pandemic, to increase efficiency and therefore, reduce risk. One company building global connections is Avetta. The supply chain risk management software company connects world-leading organisations with qualified suppliers to ensure trustworthy links.   Also on the programme is Capita Procurement Solutions part of Capita Plc. The company has the expertise to deliver a range of procurement services for their clients with the input of over 135 Capita businesses.

The programme looks at sustainability, specifically the use of palm oil, which can be found in anything from packaged goods to make-up. Mars is an action-driven global initiative committed to transparent supply chains, by mapping its entire palm oil supply.  Covid-19 has fast-tracked the digital reformation, highlighting that access to cloud infrastructure services can be vital in the management of unexpected events. The pandemic has also made businesses more mindful of costs and therefore, keen to adhere to tighter budgets. StrategicBlue specialise in Cloud Financial Operations, or FinOps; this enables organisations buying leading cloud services to achieve the best balance between minimum costs and maximum technical flexibility.

Malcolm Harrison, CEO of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply said: “Our profession has never been more in demand as we face the challenges the pandemic has created.  Procurement and supply needs to be front and centre so organisations can successfully adapt and manage their supply chains to increase their resilience in these unprecedented times. We are really excited to be launching this programme with ITN Productions and look forward to showcasing the real difference this profession is making to people, to the planet and to global business.”

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of ITN Productions Industry News said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply once again to produce a programme highlighting the vital role of the profession.  The recent global pandemic has brought about unprecedented challenges for the sector and Supply, Support and Sustain highlights the incredible work across global supply chains, meeting the nation’s needs.”

The programme launched at CIPS virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday 28th October 2020 during Malcolm Harrison’s opening address. Supply, Support and Sustain 




About ITN Productions Industry News

ITN Productions produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders, and digital channels.  Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news-style programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.  For more information visit:


About the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global membership of over 70,000 in 180 different countries, including senior businesspeople, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisations and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability. For more information visit: or @CIPSNews.



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