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Supply Chain

Supply Chain on the CR Practitioner Competency mapFor example:

  • Minimising legal, reputational & operational risks

  • Implementing responsible sourcing policies across the supply chain

  • Promoting social and economic inclusion via the supply chain

What are your Desired Business Outcomes?

  1. Minimising legal, reputational and operational risks in the supply chain; and improving economic, social and environmental standards across the supply chain
  2. Procuring from appropriate suppliers to enhance the contribution to economic development and equality, in the UK and abroad

Select an outcome then browse the Knowledge, Behaviours and Resources to help you overcome the associated challenges.

1. Minimising legal, reputational and operational risks in the supply chain; and improving economic, social and environmental standards across the supply chain

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

  • Raising awareness of the impact of purchasing decisions across the organisation and increasing dialogue between CR and procurement/buyers

  • Getting sustainable procurement policies in place and communicating these to suppliers in a way that generates understanding and agreement to meet standards

  • Gathering appropriate information from suppliers on sustainability, and developing internal knowledge to question and challenge suppliers

  • Promoting continuous improvement through a mixture of carrots and sticks, including appropriate targets/KPIs, and factoring sustainability into supplier assessment

  • Understanding long and complicated supply chains, and prioritising areas where potential influence and impacts are greatest

  • Increasing the capacity to influence suppliers by procuring as part of a consortium

  • Supply chain literacy

  • Understands human rights, international labour laws, sustainable and responsible sourcing

  • Knowledge of the procurement process and any restrictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behaviours

Resources

Achievement

Builds Relationships

Change Driver

Collaboration

Data Gathering and Analysis

Influence

Operational

Technical Expertise

BITC Resources:

Supply chain management pages

How to manage your supply chains responsibly - publication

Other Resources

The Doughty Centre Guide to Guides (p27-29)

Cranfield Supply Chain Management course

 

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2. Procuring from appropriate suppliers to enhance the contribution to economic development and equality, in the UK and abroad   

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identifying and engaging with SMEs, ethnic minority-owned businesses and Fair Trade or other certified suppliers

  • Understanding the barriers to entry for SMEs and ethnic-minority owned businesses in order to make procurement processes accessible to them

  • Overcoming internal resistence to supplier diversity,  Fair Trade, etc.

  • Knowledge of the procurement process and any restrictions

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Behaviours

Resources

Builds Relationships

Change Driver

Data Gathering and Analysis

Influence

Operational

Technical Expertise

BITC Resources:

Business Action on Supplier Diversity - Case Studies

Race for Opportunity - getting started

Other Resources

The Doughty Centre Guide to Guides (p27-29)

Cranfield Supply Chain Management course

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