Cost of getting it wrong

Collection by Alison Smith


The potential impacts of getting procurement wrong in business are numerous (and that's not just the bits that Procurement have responsibility for). This board illustrates the things that can and have happened, and reminds organisations to put procurement processes, policies and risk assessments in place that are rigorous enough to mitigate against these potential outcomes. Everyone involved in the stories here thought it would never happen to them, and thought they had everything covered. Yes things will go wrong, there's just a lot that can be done to avoid them, rather than regretting decisions made, corners cut, assessments not undertaken, or even lives lost.

Alison Smith
Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged 'forced' labour - BBC News Tesco Christmas, Justin Bieber Updates, Charity Christmas Cards, Cry For Help, Forced Labor, Cnn News, Prison, Bbc, China

Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged 'forced' labour

The six-year-old found a hand-written message from Chinese prisoners in a box of Christmas cards.

A British Airways whistleblower has revealed an industry-wide practice that deliberately adds weight to flights, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Savings generated from carrying extra fuel have been as little as per trip. Aviation Fuel, Aviation Industry, British Airways, All Airlines, Air Traffic Control, International Airlines, Garden Route, Cost Saving

Climate change: British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns

A British Airways insider has revealed airlines deliberately fill planes with extra fuel to cut costs.

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Top tech firms sued over DR Congo cobalt mining deaths

A lawsuit accuses Apple, Google, Tesla, Microsoft and others of using cobalt mined by child labour.

Michael Bloomberg says his presidential campaign used prison labour - BBC News Fashion Kids, Political Ads, Political Discussion, Cnn News, Us Politics, Image Caption, Accusations, Social Media Content, Presidential Candidates

Bloomberg says his campaign used prison labour

The billionaire Democrat said he didn't know prisoners were hired to call voters on his behalf.

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Contraception shortage 'causing utter chaos'

Experts say supply problems of key contraceptives could lead to unplanned pregnancies and abortions.

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MI6 floor plans lost by building contractor

The documents contained sensitive information on the building's layout, such as entry and exit points.

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Irish parliament red-faced over printer too big to fit through doors

Series of debacles over giant, unused €808,000 printer have triggered inquiry

Oxfam alleges abuse in UK supermarket supply chains - BBC News Retail Supplies, India Images, Tea Brands, Morrisons, Image Caption, Sainsburys, Supply Chain, Lidl

Oxfam alleges UK supermarket supply chain abuse

A "relentless" drive for profits is fuelling poverty, abuse, and discrimination, the charity says.

Mossmorran: Workers walk out of plant over safety fears - BBC News Procurement Process, Image Caption, Walk Out, Health And Safety, Bbc News, Night Skies, The Locals, Edinburgh, Plant

Mossmorran: Walkout at chemical plant over working conditions

Union GMB said the workers had "continuously raised their concerns about conditions and safety on-site".

'I lost in the House of Fraser sale' - BBC News Mike Ashley, Procurement Process, Sports Direct, Image Caption, Bbc Radio, House Of Fraser, Decision Making, The Only Way, Ways To Save

'My firm lost £90,000 in the House of Fraser sale'

The retailer went through a controversial insolvency process increasingly used to rescue firms.

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Senior civil servant stole £1.7m from MoJ

A civil servant who stole more than £1.7 million from the Ministry of Justice to buy a lavish home and cars has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Allan Williams, 37, masterminded a “sophisticated” fraud by setting up payments to a fake company for two years. Williams, who as a Grade 7 civil servant would be earning £50,000-£60,000 a year, used the cash to buy an Audi SQ5, an Audi A3 and a five-bedroom manor house with 1.1 acres in Hampshire. Before the fraud he had been living in a…

The shipyard that won the disastrous Calmac ferry contract ran out of money after starting work on the vessels before finishing their design, the quango in charge of the fiasco has told a Holyrood inquiry. Top World News, Troubled Relationship, Contract Design, Run Out, Gone Wrong, Previous Year, Two By Two, It Is Finished, Running

What's gone wrong with CalMac's new ferries?

Four years late and £100m over budget - but who is to blame for the problems at Ferguson shipyard?

Glasgow health board to take legal action over hospital contractor - BBC News Building Management System, Procurement Process, Infection Control, Family Roots, Take Action, Water Supply, Bbc News, Queen Elizabeth, Glasgow

Glasgow health board to take legal action over hospital contractor

The contractor that designed and built the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital complex is taken to court.

Warning of 'high risk' to water supply at Glasgow hospital - BBC News Procurement Process, Nurse Office, Infection Control, Image Caption, High Risk, Water Treatment, Water Systems, Childrens Hospital, Water Supply

Warning of 'high risk' to water supply at Glasgow hospital

Inspectors highlighted an infection risk in the water supply at Scotland's biggest hospital days before it opened.

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Tesco pulls honey off shelves amid purity concerns

The supermarket chain has 'temporarily withdrawn' pots of its own-brand honey.