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Can We Be “Fair” In Procurement? It’s Not Easy!

The sixty-four million dollar question is this - what exactly is “fair”? “Fairness” in procurement has come up recently in several concepts, from the discussion […]

Are Top UK Civil Servants Breaking The (Procurement) Law? Yes, According to PACAC Committee Evidence

Yes, following the UK parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing on public sector outsourcing post the Carillion collapse, we’re going for the “clickbait” […]

Ethics, Service Providers and Financial Advisers – A Heart-Warming Story!

What would you hope to see from a truly excellent service provider? We could all draw up our own list, but one indicator might be […]

The CIPS SM Awards – Ethics and Advice For Entrants

My colleague Nancy Clinton mentioned here the shortlist for the Procurement Leaders (PL) World Procurement Awards – to be honest we’re a bit surprised it […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

CIPS President Sam Walsh – Should He Stand Down?

We reported here on the issues engulfing Rio Tinto around a $10.5 million payment made to an adviser (François Polge de Combret) in Guinea. That adviser was close to the President of Guinea, and the firm actually reported themselves to the regulatory authorities, presumably because there might be a perception that the payment was on its way to the President and was linked to Rio trying to retain key mining rights in the country. Or another possibility is that the adviser was working for both sides with a conflict of interest.

Down the Procurement Pub with Trade Extensions, the BBC and Bon Iver

Here are Garry Mansell and Nik Pettifor from Trade Extensions lunching with me (very sober, just the one glass of wine, well, maybe two...) in […]

Exclusive – “Ongoing Investigations” in UCL Procurement Partners Case

You may remember a few months back the news about a senior member of staff (unnamed) being dismissed from UCL Procurement Partners (UCLPP). That is […]

Rio Tinto Drops Plan to Extend Supplier Payment Terms, Relief for CIPS

Yesterday, Supply Management reported that mining giant Rio Tinto had unilaterally extended payment terms to suppliers, telling them that they wouldn’t get their cash for […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Richard Masser, UCL Partner, the Co-op, Tradeshift and the Mystery Jets!

We’re not doing the “dry January” thing but I have resisted several drinking opportunities this week, including meeting Richard Masser, the relatively new CIPS President, […]

CPO Kath Harmeston Takes the Co-op to Employment Tribunal

Goodness gracious me! The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Kath Harmeston, who was a very high profile and successful CPO at the Royal Mail for some […]

Socially Responsible IT Procurement – Greenwich Public Procurement Symposium

Friday saw beautiful sunshine in London for the first time in what seemed like ages. That made the stunning setting of Greenwich University within the […]