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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” […]

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” […]

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.