The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), have continued their partnership by stating their support for the creation of a professional procurement licence.
The intention of the licence is to improve corporate governance, transparency and anti-corruption measures and recognize the importance of the profession for sustainable development.
The drive behind such an initiative is to ensure a greater accountability for organisations and individuals. CIPS and UNDP believe that a licence would ensure that procurement professionals have the appropriate skills and qualifications to manage the procurement function properly and optimally use the resources of the organisation while supporting its performance.
Jens Wandel, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management at UNDP, commented: “A licencing structure will ensure the profession gains formal recognition of its status and can attract higher calibre individuals as well provide protection for individuals and organisations."
David Noble, Group CEO CIPS said: “As a profession, we need to step forward and be accountable for our actions. In a world of scarce resources and increasing supply chain risks, we can no longer accept inadequate procurement and supply practices and therefore we must ensure this profession is fit for purpose to move on to its next generation – a licensing approach will ensure the right structure is in place to enable this to happen.”
For more information about the proposed licence, visit the CIPS website.