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Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Sustainability in the Supplu Chain

Issued: 20/08/2016

Updated: 02/04/2020

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An investigation into the dynamics of the relationship between the public and private sector.

This report is an investigation into the dynamics of the relationship between the public and private sector and assesses ways in which partnership working, true collaboration and open dialogue can help to achieve mutual success. The report also seeks to examine the critical challenges facing the industry and proposes some suggestions as to how to address them together in partnership.

Over a two week period in summer 2016, SCAPE surveyed over 150 senior managers at public sector organisations across local and central government, along with a range of suppliers and subcontractors delivering built environment services.

These included contractors who provide construction and civil engineering services, consultancies who support the public sector and facilities management providers. This survey sought the opinion of tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the public sector supply chain.

We asked questions about the tendering process and bid opportunities, the stability of the supply chain, supply chain management, the skills shortage and an investigation into the sector’s reliance on public projects.

Now more than ever we need to work more closely together in order to deliver for both the public sector and SMEs. We can only achieve sustainable levels of efficiency through a perpetual focus upon true collaboration, partnership and greater engagement with all stakeholders.

Mark Robinson, SCAPE chief executive