Etihad joins CIPS in calling for procurement licenses

Etihad Airways has joined the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) in stating its support for a voluntary licence approach in the procurement and supply profession.
David Noble, Group CEO CIPS.
David Noble, Group CEO CIPS.

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) in stating its support for a voluntary licence approach to be adopted across the procurement and supply profession.

The licence will be designed to ensure procurement professionals possess the requisite skills and qualifications to properly manage the procurement function and best use the resources of their organisation to support its performance.

Etihad Airways has been a longstanding advocate for professional standards in procurement and is engaged in partnership with CIPS to provide a programme of ongoing capability development for its procurement team, the airline said in a statement.

“This partnership will ensure procurement processes within Etihad Airways are carried out by professionally qualified personnel who adhere to formalised standards of practice and ethics,” said Adil Al Mulla, Etihad Airways vice president, procurement and supply management.

“It is imperative we have the ability to meet the increasing challenges we face today as a profession, and that companies are able to simultaneously protect the public good and enhance the significance of procurement,” he added.

Sam Achampong, regional director CIPS MENA, reinforced the need to provide procurement and supply professionals with the knowledge, tools and guidance to ensure the highest standards of accountability, transparency and professional practice prevail in the procurement and supply profession.

David Noble, Group CEO CIPS, added: “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. 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.”