Friday, 6 February 2015

Tesco, the Groceries Code Adjudicator and CIPS

You are probably already aware that the Groceries Code Adjudicator has announced that her first inquiry will be into Tesco's 'supply chain bullying'. Of course this is not the first inquiry to touch Tesco's fallen angel procurement, it joins those of the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Reporting Council.

You may have thought this was an appropriate time for the newly badged Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply to show its teeth too, but I was amazed to learn that David Noble, CIPS CX response to the news of the Groceries Code Adjudicator's inquiry was:
"This remedial action is tantamount to closing the stable door once the horse has bolted"
What on earth is the business world to understand from such a platitude? Surely, CIPS are not advocating the potential breach of the Code should not be investigated? What action are CIPS proposing to take in demonstrating its own Ethical Code has teeth? Would this not have been the right time for CIPS to have championed the Inquiry and champion good supply chain management practice?

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