May 17, 2020

CIPS - leading global excellence in procurement and supply

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
3 min
Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at CIPS
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is a global not-for-profit organisation and serves a range of procurement and supply manageme...

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is a global not-for-profit organisation and serves a range of procurement and supply management professionals.

As the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the supply chain, it has a global community of more than 200,000 in over 150 countries. With a mission is to “think global, be local”, CIPS is considered the voice of the profession. CIPS is recognised an important force in the supply chain world. Helping businesses to control their spend, the company affirms that even small cost reductions can have a major impact on their bottom line. 

CIPS can help improve procurement in organisations through:

  • Developing people - CIPS helps to drive efficient, capable teams to deliver the most value from your supplier base.

  • Improving performance - CIPS can evaluate and accelerate the performance of companies’ procurement and supply functions.

  • Source responsibly - Guard against reputational damage by stamping out slavery and corruption and embeding ethical practices.

  • Recruit the best - Work with CIPS to bring fresh talent into the business.

Developing people

By developing people, CIPS helps to build skills, knowledge and capability within procurement and supply chain teams. This can be done through; accreditation, short courses, skills assessment, apprenticeships, creating an academy and keeping up to date.


Improving performance

Procurement Excellence Services is a flexible toolkit which allows organisations to achieve their goals through continuous improvement, procurement’s value is shown, a competitive edge, opportunities are identified and the team is sufficiently strengthened.

Source responsibly

Take steps to reduce corruption and embed ethical and sustainable practices by inspiring ethical practice.

Recruit the best

Through CIPS official job board, there is the opportunity to reach up to 200,000 professionals through SM Jobs. Apprenticeships allow for fresh talent to be brought into the business or develop existing staff with apprenticeships in procurement and supply in England.

CIPS works in a variety of different industries such as aerospace and defence, construction, engineering, international development, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy, public sector, services and transport. The company has offices in the UK, Australasia, Middle East & Africa, Southern Africa and the Americas. The firm’s core values are personal excellence, customer first, one CIPS, clear thinking and delivering CIPS excellence. With a vision to achieve global recognition in the procurement and supply management space, it is crucial to help companies realise responsible organisational success long-term.

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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