14 Sep Essex & Suffolk Water scoops top prize at the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2018
Essex & Suffolk Water is celebrating after scooping two awards at CIPS (Chartered institute of Procurement and Supply) awards.
The Northumbrian Water Group (of which Essex & Suffolk Water is a part) procurement team received the Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility award and was named as overall winners at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London earlier this week (12 September).
The CIPS awards are recognised as a global benchmark for procurement excellence that an organisation or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession can achieve.
Essex & Suffolk Water Category Managers, Laura McMain and John Murray were presented with the awards at the ceremony. Laura said: “The CIPS awards are recognised across the globe as the most sought-after procurement and supply accolades, and probably the toughest to win, so we are extremely proud.
John added: “To be successful in the Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility was brilliant but to then scoop the Overall Winner accolade at the CIPS SM Awards was amazing. It rewards the team for the hard work while demonstrating how procurement can add value to our business.”
The judges recognised NWG’s procurement excellence, describing it as ‘An outstanding, first-class piece of work, while praising how we made use of external resources such as the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Government’s Flexible Framework Model for sustainable procurement to establish best practice for suppliers, sharing them through supplier workshops, and publishing booklets explaining what is expected of suppliers.