STAR Awarded CIPS Corporate Ethics Mark

STAR Procurement awarded the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s (CIPS) Corporate Ethics Mark and Certificate, and will be added to the CIPS Corporate Ethical Register.

Established in 2014, STAR has saved over £20 million of taxpayer’s money when procuring a wide range of supplies and services for its Councils use and for their local communities. This award recognises the steps we have taken to train all of our staff involved in supplier sourcing and supplier management in ethical procurement and in adopting ethical values as part of our day to day activities. Not only this, but 6 members of the STAR Wider Leadership Team have also undertaken this training to show our commitment to ethical procurement at all levels within STAR.

STAR being awarded a place on the register means we have committed to adopt ethical values in the way we source and manage suppliers, that we are committed to accountability and self-governance, and our staff are trained in ethical sourcing and supplier management.

STAR provides a strategic procurement service for Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford Councils, as well as other partners. We help our partners (and the organisations they work with) to arrange contracts for any supplies, services, or works that can’t be provided in house. STAR is central to helping is Councils develop new, innovative, & cost effective ways of delivering their services and it is involved in all stages of the procurement cycle.

“STAR is a shared service with a strong set of values. We take Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical Procurement, and Social Value very seriously and ensure those values are deeply ingrained in everything we do. We are pleased to see this recognised through our addition to the CIPS Corporate Ethical Register which reflects the way in which we handle procurement for our partners,” said Lorraine Cox, Director of STAR Procurement.

The work doesn’t stop here, however, and STAR is working to build upon its progress to date to further embed ethical and sustainable procurement into its activities in order to constantly improve how we address sustainability issues and offences of Modern Slavery within its partners supply chains.