Want to get your business to
consider sustainability, but don’t know how?
Try talking to them about risk.
That’s the advice of Professor Andrew Douglas from the University of the West of England. Addressing buyers at the Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit in London last month as he helped launch the CIPS Sustainability Index, Douglas said people now see the sustainability agenda as a way of managing risk. (more…)
If something cannot go on forever, it will stop,” said American economist Herbert Stein. That, in a way, is all you need to know about sustainability. If something – a business practice, relationship or raw material that is in limited supply – cannot last, eventually it won’t.
Part of the problem with the discussion about sustainability in business is that the word has been hijacked or twisted by a range of people (where have we heard that one before?). So some might suggest that sustainability is merely something to do with energy use, or pollution, or recycling paper. (more…)
Within modern businesses, it is essential that creativity and employee engagement are fostered through an inclusive decision-making process for major business decisions within supply management. This however, is easier said than done, so how should companies go about keeping employees included in decision-making without losing the ability to act decisively? (more…)
Here is a dilemma for you – would you accept a friend request on Facebook from your boss?
On one hand you are a professional and want to keep it that way. On the other, if you declined the request, would there be repercussions at work?
A survey by Fierce, Inc, in the US of over 800 Facebook users revealed most succumb and accept a request from a manager, despite feeling uncomfortable. (more…)
It’s surprising how many companies still struggle with contract compliance enforcement and performance tracking. Ineffective contract management costs businesses £100 billion per year in missed cost savings, according to the Aberdeen Group.
What’s the biggest roadblock? It’s complicated, hard work that requires buy-in from the entire procurement team. (more…)
The Pope is really doing his bit to show that despite becoming God’s representative on earth, he is still very much an everyman.
Yesterday, it was reported that a newsagent in Buenos Aires was stunned when Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio to his friends, rang to cancel his newspaper order (because he was taking up new quarters in the Vatican).
Unsurprisingly, newsagent Luis Del Regno thought it was a hoax, but the Pope insisted it was him: “Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” he is reported to have said. (more…)
The UK’s most senior bosses have admitted they are mummy’s boys. According to a survey by the adult learning website Love to Learn, nearly two out of three men who worked as chief executives, senior civil servants, surgeons and similar high-flying jobs described themselves as such.
Men with a high salary and job status were more likely to turn to their mothers for advice on key life decisions. The results compared to only one in five men in working-class professions such as casual labouring, and two in five men who described themselves as semi-skilled or manual workers. (more…)
One of the events I took part in last month was the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) conference. In addition to chairing a panel debate, I attended the morning sessions to hear the keynote speakers.
As part of a wider talk, one plenary presenter put forward his vision of the ‘future of procurement’. He gave three options: 1. Procurement has increasing success, takes on more categories and gets more work. 2. Procurement professionals take on a more advisory, consultancy-type role within their organisation. 3. Procurement survives as a business capability, but not as a function. (more…)
Today on International Women’s Day the world celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In a growing number of countries such as Russia, China and Vietnam today is even a national holiday.
Here in the UK, we can acknowledge the huge steps that have been taken since this social movement began in America over 100 years ago. We have obtained the right to vote, the equal rights of women have certainly progressed with improving legislation as well as a growing number of women in our boardrooms. But there is a lot more work to be done. (more…)
National newspapers recently reported that Polish is now the second language in the UK. This fact inspired a lot of articles written from numerous viewpoints: the problem of the influx of migrants to Great Britain, pressure on public services like education and healthcare, positives and negatives posed to the job market, the changing nature of local communities and cultural tensions to name but a few. (more…)