Supply Chain Diversity Award

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With around £300 billion of annual procurement spend, the UK public sector has huge influence over supply chains; from multi-nationals right through to micro-businesses. This new category recognises those buyers who not only embrace the principles of diversity but work to instil it into the fabric of their procurement activity. It showcases public sector bodies who have engaged successfully with all types of supplier, helping to create not just a fairer and more equitable society, but also unleashing talent and innovation that creates better public services.

Whether focused on a specific project or initiative, or related to an overarching approach, submissions that evidence how diversity is communicated and embedded in procurement practice will be celebrated here.

Open to: Scottish public sector organisations and private/voluntary organisations from within or outside Scotland with documented support from a sponsoring authority. For example, a written statement with the name and position of the sponsor, either within the submission or as an attachment.

Timescale: A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period July 2022 to January 2024.

Entry Questions

Please describe the approach undertaken by the organisation to ensure that supply chain diversity is addressed through procurement. Please include details of why this approach was undertaken and the aims and deliverables that were desired. (This answer will not be scored)

Please explain what aspects of the organisations approach to supply chain diversity were particularly ground-breaking or cutting-edge and how this impacted on your approach to procurement, particularly in determining the best route to market and the outcomes that are achievable.

What level of engagement was undertaken with parties both within and out with the organisation (stakeholders, contractors, third sector, end-users, etc.) to ensure that this initiative was thoroughly scoped and designed to address Supply Chain Diversity?

Please describe any barriers to success that you encountered, whether at pre-market engagement, during the procurement process or at the implementation of contracts and explain how these issues were overcome.

Please explain what outcomes have been achieved to date, since the commencement of the initiative and whether these match the deliverables anticipated at the outset. (Please include evidence to support your answer)

In what areas has supply chain diversity exceeded the expectations of the authority, stakeholders, contractors and/or end users, delivering over and above the core requirement? (Please provide evidence to support this)

As a result of this procurement, how have these outcomes/benefits been shared both internally, across your organisation and with other organisations to help shape future procurement?