No one could have predicted that the start of Q2 would be quite like this. As the world works to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses will come to rely on procurement more than ever. This month, SIG is providing free access to a selection of business continuity resources for all readers, along with more information on earning a professional certification that will increase your value during these uncertain times, plus there's an exciting update on the Procurement Technology Summit and more.
Business Continuity Resources for Sourcing and Procurement
The SIG Resource Center has thousands of tools and templates for SIG members to use and reference, but since knowledge sharing is of critical importance right now, SIG is offering free access to the below resources to all readers, regardless of membership status. These can be used to help you and your teams ensure business continuity and plan for future crises that may arise.
In the Northern Hemisphere, March signals the first month of spring. In the procurement world, March signals the beginning of conference season! Attending events gives you the opportunity to learn more about the industry and make valuable connections, which are important for professional growth. Short on time? Check out a virtual webinar to learn something new in just an hour. No matter where you get your inspiration, share what you learn with the broader SIG community in our member’s LinkedIn Group.
Rescheduled - Western Regional SIGnature Event
The Western Regional SIGnature Event has been rescheduled to October 1 due to the current reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state. This postponement was done out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and employees. All registrations have been carried over to this new date and there is no need for you to register again.
Please modify or rebook your travel and hotel reservations for the new date. Most airlines are accommodating reservation changes right now due to the Coronavirus. If you cannot attend on October 1, please update your registration status on our website. Should you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael van Keulen is Chief Procurement Officer at Coupa. He formerly served as the Global Procurement Director at lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU), a $3B+ designer, distributor, and retailer of technical athletic apparel. Previously Michael served as the Procurement Director at VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a $12B+ lifestyle apparel and footwear company. Michael is known for leading procurement transformations that generate significant shareholder value.
You have a passion for sourcing talent and developing high-performing teams. How is your approach different than others?
I’m not claiming my approach is different or unique. When hiring, I look for attitude first and procurement experience second. I always say procurement is a seven-step process that can be taught to anyone. What is difficult (if not impossible) to teach someone is to be “naturally curious” and “passionate” about the profession. Procurement is about being bold, going outside the comfort zone and challenging the status quo. This mindset requires people who have high EQ, are agile and not afraid to make mistakes. These traits are even more important when going through a transformation from tactical/operational to strategic.
Check out the February round-up of new research from our industry partners, upcoming webinars to bookmark and the latest podcasts with procurement thought leaders and award winners.
Contract Risk Playbook: Risks Hiding in Plain Sight
This e-book is an advanced guide for corporate boards and senior executives to mitigate contractual risks. Included are steps to assess situations, take action and move forward, as well as a checklist for directors and executives.
February 5 – 5 Procure-to-Pay Trends to Watch in 2020 Presented by: Basware Now is the perfect time to take a look at the future of P2P. This webinar will cover new innovations in the P2P marketplace and the trends that will make the biggest impact this year.
February 25 – The State of Procurement’s Value Measurement: Evolution and Best Practices Presented by: Ivalua Today, successful value measurement in procurement requires understanding the mindset of stakeholders and leveraging the trove of procurement data that's available. Join this webinar for insight into best practices and to better understand changes in the industry that impact procurement’s value measurement.
What is the Sustainable Procurement Pledge and how did come about?
The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (#SPP) was born out of passion and is driven by a shared sense of responsibility. #SPP addresses people, not organizations. We are ultimately the ones who constitute organizations and who are making daily decisions in our workplaces. The biggest lever to have a positive impact is therefore with us! #SPP primarily addresses those who are connected to the Procurement function, procurement professionals, academics and students, but does not exclude anyone outside this area of activity. Those who feel concerned by the #SPP messages can start and join right away!
The idea was ignited by the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019. Adults and children, from all walks of life, made a clear statement and we were reminded about our prime responsibility: to leave our home, our ONE planet, in the same condition as it was entrusted us.
There are many great and profound sustainability initiatives already. They typically involve companies, governments, institutions and top leaders. However, we rarely see initiatives that address individuals. And yet, we all have the power to make impactful everyday decisions and gradually change the world. We fundamentally believe that many small changes ultimately lead to a big change?
Paul Polizzotto is the CEO and Founder of Givewith, a Service-as-a-Software solution that generates social impact funding opportunities for nonprofits that can be embedded into transactions between buyers and suppliers. As a social entrepreneur, he brings his expertise as the former founder of EcoMedia, which directed more than $100 million in funding and resources to environmental, education and community health and wellness programs across the country, improving the quality of life for more than 60 million people. Here he talks about the role of ESG scores on a company's bottom line and ways that sourcing and procurement can initiate cultural change in their organizations.
Givewith is a social impact technology platform – what does that mean and how does it work?
Givewith is a social enterprise creating innovative solutions that bring together companies and nonprofits to generate real, measurable impact – while simultaneously driving unprecedented business value. Givewith Enterprise is a SaaS solution that generates business-relevant social impact funding opportunities that can be seamlessly embedded into any transaction between a buyer and a supplier.
Here’s how it works:
Our platform analyzes companies’ sustainability and CSR performance based on robust data that’s important to their customer base and the investor community – enabling their company to amplify its strengths and improve weaknesses. The Givewith algorithm aggregates these insights and identifies the most effective nonprofit programs, which the buyer can easily add into any of their RFPs.
2020 will be a big year for many reasons: it’s not only the start of a new decade, but the upcoming presidential election will have enormous impacts on businesses and economies across the world no matter who occupies the White House. As the world’s supply chains brace for more uncertainty and try to read the presidential candidates’ tea leaves, the best thing that you can do is prepare yourself to stay ahead of the competition.
SIG University Offers New Intelligent Automation Certification
Kick off the new year with a professional certification from SIG University! Now offering four certifications, SIG University has partnered with Virtual Operations to provide advanced training on Intelligent Process Automation. Ready to take your expertise to the next level with cutting-edge training? Check out the four certification programs offered below, classes begin January 20.
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Spend Matters has released Q4 Services Procurement Vendor rankings
In 2.5 years since the first release, procurement professionals have referenced Spend Matters’ SolutionMap procurement technology benchmark rankings over 112,000 times, with the Accelerator toolkit gaining rapid traction to inform procurement technology selections:
“We didn’t have enough process and technology knowledge to identify our requirements for a P2P transformation. We wanted to include enough leading practice into our phase 1 assessment, recommendation and business case…You really helped us narrow the population.” — Senior Director, Supply Market Insight
As the year comes to a close, it's a good time to look back at the goals you set this time last year. Whether you're on track or have a ways to go, take advantage of these opportunities to focus on your professional development. Listen to some inspiring executive advice from the podcast, take an hour to join a webinar or consider sharing your expertise at one of our upcoming events.
Services providers such as consultants and agencies account for a significant portion of workforce spend and are crucial to business performance. Yet many companies under-manage them, leaving value on the table and creating risk. For the second year of research with Oxford Economics, SAP Fieldglass takes a deeper dive into services procurement. Join us to learn how workforce leaders realize more value from these providers.
After a great week in Carlsbad, California, at the Fall Global Executive Summit last month, we are excited to bring you even more resources and connect you with a network of people to help you be your best. Take a dive into the Summit Anthology and Resource Guide to map your strategy for the coming year, catch up on some industry research, learn more about our partnerships with PeopleTicker, Spend Matters and TraDove, and check out one of the many webinars happening this month.
Summit Anthology and Resource Guide
Following each Summit, we publish an anthology that provides a snapshot of every Summit presentation and also includes speakers’ contact information if you’d like to follow up with them. The 2019 SIG Fall Global Executive Summit hosted over 40 keynote and breakout sessions.
This is a great resource for an overview of the content to share with your team members who were not able to attend and to demonstrate key takeaways and ROI to your executive team.
SIG’s last event of 2019 will take place in Toronto, Ontario at the BMO Institute for Learning. Delegates can expect executive roundtables (for director levels and above), deep-dive training on third party risk management, provoking general session speakers, lunch, CPO presentations, analyst overviews and more.
SIGnature Events are like mini-Summits, with ample time for networking with peers and provider thought leaders. There’s still time to register for this event, but space is limited and registration will be capped.