Procurement News from Spend Matters US – Weekly Round-Up

As you well know, Jason has been on YOUR side of the pond this week, but that doesn’t mean that content stopped here in the US.

The Monday night debate was covered in a nice little write up by sciencewarehouse: “...the format was an accelerated Oxford Union type debate – and no one was allowed to sit down. (Presumably this was an aid to the acceleration rather than a strange procurement profession specific custom).”

Coming into 2011, Spend Matters US predicted that a lot of attention would go towards Complex Categories and procurement. Here are a couple of posts about how your organization can start thinking about them in terms of Finance and Legal (and look for more posts early next week): Complex Category Tips - Finance and Legal (Part 1 and Part 2).

With the release of Apple’s CSR report last week, a lot of questions were raised. We asked: Apple and Supplier Audits - How Far Does the Apple Fall from the Green/CSR Tree? (Part 1 and Part 2) -- “In a series of posts looking at some of the most useful points from Apple's own findings from peering into the practices of their suppliers (both tier one and in certain cases, lower tier suppliers), I'll plan to share a few points that are insightful on their own accord and/or would be potentially helpful in designing and implementing a supply chain auditing and CSR program for your own organization.”

Interesting guest post from Rod Robinson, founder of, on how to incorporate supplier diversity: “For nearly 20 years, I've worked with major corporations on large-scale strategic sourcing and procurement transformation initiatives. I've served as the chief procurement officer for a Fortune 1000 company. Since 2005, I've worked with companies to improve or create supplier diversity programs. Time and time again, I've heard from my corporate clients how challenging it can be to identify new, quality, diverse suppliers. But I know from experience that it's not an excuse.”

Finally, one last plug: register for International Trade Breaking Point on Tuesday.

- Sheena Moore

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