CIPS Resource Centre

Welcome to the CIPS resource centre. In coming weeks and months we will be adding to this section as sector-specific guidance develops.

Who are CIPS?

CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the profession. We are the voice of procurement  and supply across the globe.

CIPS is the dynamic champion driving the global procurement and supply management profession. Thinking globally, operating locally. Holder of a Royal Charter, CIPS is a not-for-profit organisation with offices around the world. We reinvest our income to advance global best practice in procurement and supply, for the public good.

Part of our mission is educating and informing the public on procurement and supply issues. CIPS members have access to thousands of tools, guidance materials and videos etc to help them face the challenges, such as Modern Slavery, in their everyday jobs.

Ethical and Sustainable Procurement

This publication introduces procurement professionals to the key concepts behind ethical procurement and provides practical advice for getting started. It not only addresses procurement specifications but recognises the importance of how a buyer conducts their relationship with suppliers, including contract negotiation.
The guide has a specific focus on procurement across borders, especially when buying from unfamiliar places with weak worker protections, or countries with potentially unfamiliar work cultures.

Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: an introduction for procurement professionals

The increase in global sourcing opportunities has highlighted some serious issues in procurement practices, in particular the occurrence in the supply chain, unwittingly or otherwise, of modern slavery. From every perspective – reputational, financial and ethical – this is not acceptable in the 21st century.
Whatever sector or global region you work in, we urge you to read this guide to understand the issues and know where to go for assistance so that you can begin to make a real difference in your business and in society.

Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains

The information in this resource is primarily aimed at procurement, supply chain and sustainability professionals in companies, organisations and governments. It is aimed at those who want concrete guidance on how to reduce or eliminate the risk of modern slavery occurring in their supply chains, either as a direct or indirect result of their procurement practices. For the purpose of simplicity, we use the terms company, however this Guide is relevant to all governments and any other organisation wishing to tackle slavery in their supply chains. Finally, this Guide is intended to be a comprehensive system of meaningful action to address modern slavery within an organisation’s operations and is designed for verification.
The Modern Slavery Act came into Force in 2015. This insight gives an overview of the Act; focusing on the impact on Supply Chains and the role of Procurement and actions required to support the organisation.