Saturday 1st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Can you match Matrix on procurement?

Dedication and objectivity in striving for transparency won Matrix APA the European Supply Chain Excellence award for Sourcing & Procurement, with the SME fighting off strong competition from the largest provider of cable broadband in Belgium, Telenet.

Matrix achieved significant change in the social and ethical sourcing space, bridging the gap and aligning buying practices with sourcing and ethical strategy.

In addition, it is focused on raising awareness internally and to its clients, as to the impact that their buying decisions have on the workers making the products.

The judges were impressed by this SME’s dedication to checking compliance through their own China-based team of full time auditors, but also, its objectivity in striving for transparency and driving change through education and training. As a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, the company sets social and ethical KPIs to help its merchandisers consider CSR as part of the critical path, while at the same time managing and educating the buyers. The judges recognised the difficulties that many companies have in ensuring social and ethical compliance in the factories from which they source and were therefore impressed by the standards set and the effort being made by an SME in this space. So the Award for Sourcing & Procurement went to Matrix APA.

As the judges turn their attention to this year’s award, do you have what it takes to take the crown? The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2015 are now open for entries.

The Awards are the gold standard of supply chain achievement and overall winners include some of Europe’s leading companies such as Vodafone, BASF, Danone Baby Nutrition and GlaxoSmithKline.

The winners of the 2015 Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday, 16th November.

The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards are organised by Supply Chain Standard in association with PwC.

There were a record number of entries last year – and 72 companies made it to the final stage of the awards judging.

What makes the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards special is the stringent process to analyse supply chain performance. Our judging team is made up of senior industry figures who bring years of experience to bear. Shortlisted companies are asked to make presentations to our judges and face detail questioning from panel members.

It’s a uniquely exhaustive process that makes the Awards uniquely worth winning.

You can find full entry details at the Awards web site: www.supplychainexcellenceawards.com