Skanska UK’s Sustainable Procurement Strategy wins prestigious CIPS award

Press release 15/09/2011 18:00 CET

Skanska UK has scooped the Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility award for its sustainable procurement strategy in last night’s Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s (CIPS) ‘Supply Management Awards 2011’.

The company saw off stiff competition from other major organisations such as Arup, Atkins Global, the Met Office and Telefonica UK to win the category.

In making the award, the CIPS judges said of the Skanska UK entry: ‘This reflects cutting edge best practice and was clearly articulated. A high quality project with senior management involvement. A very thorough process.’

Roger Bayliss, Skanska UK Executive Vice President, said: ‘This is a fantastic external endorsement for all the members of the Skanska UK team who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of 2009 when our sustainable procurement strategy was first drafted.

‘It is a further example of Skanska UK living up to its ambition to be the leading ethical and green project developer. Moreover it is clearly working financially, as we have reduced payments to our supply chain by £11 million over the past two years, with a further £5/6 million saving anticipated in 2011.’

Skanska UK is the first construction company to have its company-wide procurement processes assessed by CIPS and accredited – as well as being BS8903 compliant.