The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has come out in favour of a licensing system for supply chain professionals to ensure that they are trained and accountable for any malpractice.
The concept of a licence has been promoted by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. A joint statement by the two organisations said the intention would be to improve corporate governance, transparency and anti-corruption measures and recognise the importance of the profession for sustainable development.
Jens Wandel, assistant administrator and director of the bureau of management at UNDP said: “A licencing structure will ensure the profession gains formal recognition of its status and can attract higher calibre individuals as well provide protection for individuals and organisations.”
“Raising our standards for effective, ethical and sustainable procurement will allow UNDP to meet its transparency objectives, address the ever-growing supply side risks of a truly global marketplace and deliver the high levels of professional skill, knowledge and integrity that are essential to procurement and public good.”
And CIPS chief David Noble said: “As a profession, we need to step forward and be accountable for our actions. In a world of scarce resources and increasing supply chain risks, we can no longer accept inadequate procurement and supply practices and therefore we must ensure this profession is fit for purpose to move on to its next generation – a licensing approach will ensure the right structure is in place to enable this to happen.”