Scottish Water strikes gold for raising bar in procurement excellence

Posted: Thursday 20th September 2012

Scottish Water has become the world’s first water utility to achieve gold certification status from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

The accolade recognises Scottish Water’s excellence in procurement and supply chain policies and practices.

The Institute hailed Scottish Water, which is striving to become Scotland’s most valued and trusted business, for its strong commercial risk management and proactive approach to gathering, storing and communicating important procurement and business related knowledge.

Scottish Water, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with water quality and customer satisfaction at an all time high, was also praised for its professional development and procurement and supply function leadership.

Having achieved best practice level in 2009, Scottish Water has now earned the ultimate level of external accreditation for purchasing and supply processes.

It is the first Scottish organisation – public or private – and first water utility in the world to achieve gold accreditation from CIPS. Scottish Water is among just 14 global organisations to have reached this standard, and only the second ever utility.

Joe Rowan, Scottish Water’s Head of Procurement, said: “We are absolutely delighted to achieve gold certification from CIPS, which demonstrates that Scottish Water is a progressive organisation which embraces continuous improvement in a changing business environment.

“Scottish Water is continuing to provide record investment in enhancing Scotland’s water and waste water infrastructure – providing significant benefits for communities and helping to support jobs and economic growth. Our procurement and supply chain processes are central to this, and as one of only 14 organisations in the world to achieve this standard – and the first water utility – it is a proud achievement which recognises the strength of our procurement procedures and people.”

David Noble, CEO of CIPS, said: We’re pleased to be in a position to award another gold certification, and this time, to a highly-progressive water company.

During the whole, thorough and challenging process, Scottish Water showed a particularly strong commercial approach to risk management and a proactive approach to gathering, capturing, storing and communicating important business knowledge.

“The company also displayed excellence in other areas of the business supporting the procurement and supply management function, such as human resources, and their performance measures for suppliers, team individuals and the business as a whole should be commended as an excellent supportive approach. Congratulations.”

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