How can my organisation achieve the Corporate Ethics Mark and get listed on the Register?
You will need to be able to demonstrate that your organisation is committed to ethical procurement and you can do this by following the 4-step process as outlined on this web page.
What is the CIPS Corporate Code of Conduct?
Find out more.
We have our own corporate code, are you asking us to adopt the CIPS Corporate Code instead in order to meet the requirements for the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark?
No; we recognise that many organisations will have their own corporate code which meets the specific needs of their sector and sphere of operation. However, the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics is based on a set of key principles we believe are the essential foundation for ethical procurement in any organisation. If your organisation has its own code of conduct you will be asked to self-certify that it includes all the key principles of the CIPS Code. We recognise that these principles will be expressed differently but we ask you to state that there are no significant omissions. If there are, you will need to amend your own code to bring it into alignment in order to achieve the Ethics Mark.
It is a good opportunity, in any case, to review your corporate code against these principles since ethical codes evolve as society changes and you need to ensure your code remains relevant and robust.
How do we determine who needs to do the ethics e-learning and test?
We ask that 100% of staff with responsibility for sourcing, supplier selection and supplier management undertake CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply E-learning and successfully complete the accompanying Ethics Test.
A good way to determine who on your staff this applies to is to get them to ask the question…
“Could a supplier influence me to give them more work, change a specification, create a need, turn a blind eye to performance issues, not look at the market etc?”
If they answer yes, then they are involved in supplier management, sourcing decisions and supplier selection and must do the e-learning and test.
Our organisation already has external recognition for our focus on ethics. Why should we achieve the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark?
CIPS Corporate Ethical Procurement and Supply focusses specifically on helping organisations to safeguard against unethical selection and supplier management. By achieving the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark and listing on the CIPS Ethical Register, not only will you be helping to safeguard against unethical supplier selection and supply management, you’ll also gain recognition for your understanding of and commitment to ethical sourcing and supplier management.
How can we use the Mark?
You will be able to show the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark on your corporate literature and website, as long as your organisation continues to fulfil the criteria for retaining the Mark and your listing on the Register. Use of the Mark endorses to your organisation’s key stakeholders your commitment to ethical sourcing, supplier selection and supplier management.
How do we retain the Mark and our listing on the Register?
You will need to renew your organisation’s commitment to ethical procurement on an annual basis, continue to work to the principles of the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics and meet the requirement for ongoing staff training.
Can the CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark be taken away?
Yes; organisations that fail to renew their commitment to ethical procurement or are successfully prosecuted for procurement malpractice will lose their Mark and be removed from the Register.