Stop the press: World Procurement Awards shortlist revealed

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The full shortlist for the World Procurement Awards has been revealed! Find out who’s been selected here.

Procurement has long had a challenge on its hands in trying to be recognised for its achievements within its organisation. After all, how often can you remember getting a pat on the back from finance for saving the business millions from the bottom line? Or a shout-out from R&D for your part in collaborating on the latest innovation that drove significant top-line growth?


This is why it is all the more important that procurement celebrates its achievements and that the wider Procurement Leaders’ community shares in each other’s successes. And judging by the record number of entries made in the 2017 World Procurement Awards, it seems that the global procurement community agrees.


“It’s important for all procurement functions, not just within their own companies, but within their industries, if not on a global platform, to exhibit just some of the innovation that’s been achieved so that others can learn,” says Awards judge, Patrick Dunne, SVP, chief property, procurement and customer care operations officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance.


With 15 awards up for the taking, the judges have narrowed down the list of hopefuls from some of the world’s most influential companies across 36 different countries, and the shortlist has now been revealed.



Organisations from industries ranging from retail to pharmaceutical to technology are set to go head to head in the Awards this year, with nominations in categories ranging from the Transformation Award, Procurement Team Award and Procurement Leader Award all in the bag.


As always, there’s a buzz of expectation around the Future Leader Award, which showcases the best rising stars of the function who, in the early days of their careers, are already showing the promise to be able to lead the function forward to greatness over the coming years. But there can only be one winner: In the running are Irina Shishkova from MondelÄ“z International, Sebastian Chua from Health Promotion Board and Pauline Rolfe from Accenture.


Meanwhile, in a year of geopolitical uncertainty and risk, the shortlist for the Risk Mitigation Award recognises the procurement teams having a true presence in bringing stability to their organisations in a troublesome time. From Roche’s strategy for mitigating third-party corrupt practices in Latin America to L’Oréal’s armoured car and retail locations strategy and IBM’s unique approach to risk mitigation, there are many worthy winners.


Other organisations in the running include Siemens Healthcare, up for the Procurement Employer Award, retailer John Lewis Partnership up for the Cross Functional Collaboration Award, and Owens Corning for the Learning and Development Award.


For those who have made it into the shortlist, it is a great honour to be recognised in the most prestigious awards in the procurement field. Winners will be announced at the glamorous World Procurement Awards at the Intercontinental O2 hotel in London on May 17. Make sure you’re there to celebrate a possible victory and revel in the successes of procurement’s achievements worldwide.


To see the full shortlist and book your seat at the awards click here.

This article is a piece of independent writing by a member of Procurement Leaders’ content team.

Rachel Sharp
Posted by Rachel Sharp

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