By Ken Syme, senior vice president, Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Purchasing, Xerox

Behind the scenes at Xerox, hundreds of individuals in Global Purchasing manage Xerox’s yearly spending for business services, contract labor, facilities, information technology, marketing, transportation, business travel and vehicle fleet as well as direct production material suppliers, contract manufacturing, and design partners who help Xerox produce digital publishing systems, office printers, and multifunction devices and associated inks and toners.A Peek Inside Xerox Global Purchasing

To ensure that we deliver the most cost efficient service to the company, we have developed a robust set of world class procurement tools such as competitive analysis and best of breed modeling. These, along with powerful product cost engineering systems help ensure we are able to deliver our cost productivity targets.

From offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, Xerox Global Purchasing team has achieved a significant milestone. Xerox just became the first company to successfully achieve the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Gold Certification at a global level.

What this means is that Xerox is achieving leading benchmark levels in all aspects of ethical, sustainable and strategic procurement, when measured against CIPS standards. These standards are structured around things like leadership and organization, strategy, people, process and systems, and performance measurement and management.

As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into achieving these standards. I’m proud of the work we do here at Xerox and want to thank everyone who helped make this certification possible.