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Down the Procurement Pub with Preston, Coupa, Scalpels, Bombardier, Ivalua and Django Django

Ah, the beautiful Isabel! No, not the talented journalist Isabel Hardman, but the restaurant in Mayfair where I ate this week. Perhaps the most aesthetically […]

Socially Responsible Procurement – BHRE/LUPC Event Overview

Friday saw the BHRE/LUPC Symposium at the University of Greenwich, with the title of “Socially responsible public procurement: Protecting and promoting human rights as we […]

Halloween is Here – But Is Chocolate Firms’ Palm Oil Use the Real Horror Story?

It's Halloween! And many of us will have the big bags of sweets and chocolates ready for those lovable little scamps from down the road […]

Modern Slavery In The Garment Industry – and Knickers In Gateshead

Back in my youth, age 15, I got a Saturday job to support my developing album-buying habit. A chap who lived over the road from […]

Social Value in Manchester – Recycling Helps Offenders and Taxpayers

We wrote on the Public Spend Forum website a couple of weeks back about an interesting but occasionally naïve report from Scape, the Housing Association […]

Why Supporting Social Enterprises Is Good for Procurement- And Auticon Impresses

We wrote here about the Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)  reception and the progress that is being made in terms of the “Buy Social” challenge – […]

As a B2B Provider, Amazon May Face Up To More CSR-Type Scrutiny

The announcement that Amazon Business is opening up in Germany was interesting, and there is no doubt that the firm has a lot to offer […]

WE Connect Conference – Supplier Diversity Takes Centre-Stage

Last Thursday, we joined over 100 people at IBM South Bank for day two of the WE Connect conference. The organisation supports and promotes female […]

Can Procurement Make A Difference – eWorld Discussion (part 2)

In part 1 yesterday we featured my opening remarks at the eWorld event, when I led a workshop discussion on the theme "making a difference". […]

Can Procurement Make A Difference – Philosophical Discussions At eWorld

At the recent eWorld event, I led a workshop discussion titled "Making a Difference".   The nature of those sessions at eWorld is "no PowerPoint", which […]

TfL’s Supplier Skills Programme – More Jobs and Skills in Engineering & Construction

We very much enjoyed the conference presentation that we reported on here from Tim Rudin of TfL (Transport for London), all about social responsibility in […]