Procurement Independence Day

It was Independence Day yesterday in the USA - best wishes to all out friends in that great country. And my colleague Jason Busch came up with his own Procurement Declaration of Independence, which is pretty close (in my opinion) to genius! Here are some extracts, but do read the whole thing on Spend Matters US site, and it's fun to compare it to the original. And actually, there are serious messages in here, which will form part of our ongoing debate about the future of procurement...

Jason's Procurement Declaration of Independence (excerpts)

When in the Course of corporate events, it becomes necessary for one team to build tighter political bands which should connect them with another, and to assume among the powers of shareholders, the separate and equal station to which the laws of the top-line and bottom-line entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of enterprise stewardship requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation from the procurement of old to the procurement of new...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that procurement can do more and is created equal with other functions, that they are endowed by shareholders with tasks that are central to company missions, that among these are value, savings and the pursuit of sustainable profit and business practices for a better world for shareholders, citizens, suppliers, workers and future generations. That to secure these rights, procurement is instituted as a central and key board-level function, deriving their just powers from the consent of shareholders.....

We, therefore, the Representatives of the Future of Procurement, ....solemnly publish and declare, that procurement sound a declaration of independence; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the unit cost savings crown, and that all business connection between them and those focused on beating up suppliers alone be dismantled; and that as a free and interlinked function, they have full power to create value, build a sustainable business environment, drive the right type of globalization efforts that encourages trade, sustainable practices and worker rights, establishes better forms of commerce, and to do all other acts and thing which independent functions may do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the rights of shareholders, we mutually pledge to each other our spend, our fortune and supply management honor.



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