Supply Management – the official media brand of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), which is now produced by Haymarket Network – relaunched today. A key part of the new look is a hard-hitting campaign to help eliminate slavery in the supply chain.
CIPS – the leading professional body for the procurement and supply chain – contracted Haymarket Media Group in November 2015 as its global supplier of media and events for its 118,000-strong international membership. As a result, Haymarket now produces all CIPS media for its Supply Management brand, including its member magazine, website content, email bulletins, social media and jobs board, as well as managing CIPS’ international portfolio of conferences and awards events.
The new-look Supply Management magazine is just part of a comprehensive overhaul of the brand, helping CIPS to deliver a more consistent tone of voice across print, web, social and events. The magazine will focus on the big issues to drive readers to other channels, while a streamlined website will focus on news, analysis and jobs.
Central to the new look is CIPS campaign to eliminate slavery in the supply chain. A CIPS survey revealed that one-fifth of large UK businesses are not aware of their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, which requires that companies with more than £36 million turnover publish a statement detailing what they are doing to tackle slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain.
Of those surveyed, one in five UK supply chain managers were unaware of the rules. Only 27% said they could be certain of no slavery in their supply chain, while 52% of buyers wouldn’t know what to do if they did identify forced labour abuse. Supply Management’s campaign goes on to report government findings that there are up to 13,000 slaves in the UK, with 233 labour abuse related convictions in 2015.
Rebecca Ellinor Tyler, Supply Management's Editor, said: “Every single consumer could be complicit in encouraging modern slavery. Then, it’s no stretch to imagine most companies are unwittingly supporting this menace somewhere in their supply chain.
“It’s a hideously complicated problem that is difficult to uncover, and immensely challenging to tackle once discovered. That’s why, with this revamped, relaunched issue of Supply Management, we are backing CIPS’ campaign to raise awareness and help the procurement and supply profession play a pivotal part in eliminating this evil.”
Andrew Taplin, Managing Director of Haymarket Network said: "Professional member bodies are in the perfect place to campaign to improve business practice in their area of professional concern. This action on slavery from CIPS is a perfect example, and we are pleased to be helping to lead this debate for the procurement community, across all the Supply Management channels that we have just relaunched for the Institute.”
David Noble, Group CEO CIPS said: “Modern slavery is a real-time issue for the world at large to address, and the procurement and supply chain profession has a fundamental role to play We need to raise awareness of the issues and take action.
“Clearly there is still a lot of confusion out there about what steps business needs to take to meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act – that’s where CIPS can help. Supply Management will be an essential vehicle to help spread the word, and we are really pleased to be relaunching with this critical campaign, with many more insightful and thought-provoking topics and features to follow in the months ahead.”
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