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Options For Data Use

There are different ways in which open data can be used to drive and measure progress against sustainability goals. So as part of the toolkit put together by Open Contracting Partnership, Public, and ourselves, we’ve identified ten different ways in which you can gather and use data to measure and monitor sustainability in procurement. Option 1: Assign tags to procurements As …

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Open Data & Measuring Progress

We believe all public procurement should be sustainable and open. Recently, with our partners Open Contracting and Public, we launched a new toolkit, to assist businesses with open data that drives sustainable public procurement implementation and measures sustainability outcomes. Over the course of the next week, we will introduce you to the toolkit including an overview of general data collection considerations …

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Blacklisting Needs Kid Gloves

In the UK’s House of Lords debate on procurement reform, there was some forthright questioning within the government on whether Bain and Company, who had been found to have acted illegally in South Africa, should still be engaged by the UK Government. The exchange raises the question of how the blacklisting of suppliers is intended to work. Should a local company …

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Bain’s Woes in RSA Raises Questions in Parliament

Last week in a Lords Chamber debate, Lord Peter Hain asked why Bain & Company were still able to bid for multi-million-pound UK contracts “when the company has recently been found by a South African judicial inquiry to be guilty of unlawful complicity in corruption under former President Zuma?” Hain is referencing the judicial commission’s findings on the management consultancy Bain …

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Australian Pandemic PPE Contracts Cause Concern.

Much of the last two years have seen governments all over the world in a purchasing panic due to the pandemic. Understandably there has been an increase in direct award contracts, in response to the health emergency. However, there have also been concerns over some fast-tracked, ‘VIP’ or other questionable procurement in some countries, and last week, a report from investigative …

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Goodbye KPIs, Hello Data Quality

There’s a truth to Tom Peter’s famous quote “what gets measured, gets done”. Peters was a writer and thinker on management practice who advocated the use of quality measures, today we refer to these quality measures as “Key Performance Indicators” or KPIs. In 1986 when Peters encouraged executives to adopt a mindset of measurement and performance, the notion of a KPI …

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National Capital Authority Under Procurement Scrutiny

The National Capital Authority (NCA) was established in 1989 under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (PALM Act) following the introduction of self-government to the Australian Capital Territory. The authority’s mission is ‘to shape Canberra as a capital that all Australians can be proud of by ensuring it is well planned, managed and promoted, consistent with its enduring national …

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Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity Begins

A group of Indo-Pacific nations has banded together to begin the process of developing an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. This framework is intended to advance resilience, sustainability, inclusiveness, economic growth, fairness, and competitiveness amongst participating nations. The countries taking part include the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and …

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Stormy Times For Meteorological Procurement

The UK government faces trial in the High Court over its award of an £854 million contract for a new Meteorological Office IT system, according to the Financial Times. The court case has arisen from accusations by ATOS, the French multinational information technology service and consulting company who are suing the Meteorological Office and Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy …

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UK Left Waiting On Transparency

The UK’s latest procurement bill promises much, but many of the technical details remain to be defined. The drafting of the procurement bill matches many of the trailed promises featured in the consultation, but some of those promises, notably those around transparency remain undefined. That’s not to say that they won’t be there, rather that they’re not yet defined or committed. …

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Empty Fishing Lakes.

We’ve written before about frameworks, but some improved analysis from our brilliant data team made us think it was time to revisit the issue. Using frameworks should lead to fewer tenders and more efficiency, but if there are too many, the promised efficiency improvements never materialise and suppliers can end up bidding into a tender that has no business behind it. …

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Collaborative Procurement For The Construction Industry

The Centre for Built Britain has released a white paper on Procurement Strategies for incentivising collaborative delivery, which explores how a collaborative approach to procurement can help to deliver projects better, faster, greener, and safer with a focus on net-zero targets and building safety. The paper invites clients and industry to examine and adopt their Integrated Information Management Contract model (IIMC) …

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MoD £2 Billion in Nuclear Contracts.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence announced this week that over £2 billion worth of defence contracts have been awarded to start the third phase of its submarine nuclear deterrent programme termed ‘Dreadnought’. London-listed companies, BAE systems (BAES.L) and Rolls-Royce (RR.L), have received the contracts, the MoD said in a statement, adding that the investment was part of a planned £10 billion spend for the …

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New Support For Canadian SME Traders.

The Government of Canada recently released its 2022 Federal Budget. Within it was an announcement of an intention to establish a Trade Remedy Counselling unit (TRC) to improve access to Canada’s trade remedy system for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Canadian producers can use the trade remedy system to request an investigation against specific countries whose exporters are allegedly selling dumped …

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Progressive Procurement Yields Results

Last year, we shared the results of the landmark Aboriginal Procurement policy (APP), first introduced by Western Australia’s Premier, Mark MacGowan in 2018. The objective of the policy was to improve outcomes for Aboriginal businesses in the state, with targeted measures to increase contract awards, and therefore, economic benefit to the community. The Aboriginal Procurement Policy Third Year Performance Report shows …

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