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Is Fairness A Good Basis For Commercial Relationships?

We often hear comments along the lines of this – “we are happy for our suppliers to make a fair return”.  That comes from procurement […]

Facebook Shareholder Value Crashes – Procurement Partly to Blame?

Big problems for Facebook last week as over $100 billion was wiped off the value of the firm. That was driven principally by an announcement […]

Auditors and CFOs – Healthy Relationships or Too Close?

Much has been written recently about the oligopoly of the big four auditing firms and the dominance they have in terms of major audit work. […]

Can Procurement With Purpose Save the World? Pub Debate Arguments Against the Motion

Yesterday we focused on the arguments put forward by our two proposers of the motion “This House Believes that Procurement with Purpose can save the world” […]

“You’re Too Expensive” – The Ethics Of Lying To Suppliers

We wrote about Japanese auctions here and the ethics of not telling a supplier when their “bid” is the lowest, but instead allowing them to […]

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 […]