CPS ‘highly commended’ for our responsible practices

Date: 28/11/17

At CPS, we work in a sustainable, socially responsible way; not because it is good for PR, but because we believe that it is the right thing to do. So it is pleasing to be recognised by a major procurement team, as one of the best companies that they deal with.

University of Manchester

CPS was proud to receive a Highly Commended accolade from the University of Manchester at their recent Demonstration of Responsible Procurement Awards, arranged to recognise suppliers who are making real progress in responsible, sustainable working practices.

The university spends £465m with suppliers every year, and has been using this influence to encourage companies like CPS to adopt socially responsible and environmentally sustainable approaches. “Being socially responsible is at the heart of the University’s mission,” explained Stephen Dauncey, The University’s Director of Finance. “Through our suppliers we can have a powerful influence far beyond the confines of our campus, into the wider economy.”

1400 suppliers use the university’s Supplier Engagement Online Toolkit, and of these just 8 were shortlisted for recognition. CPS, who supply generators and fuel services to the university, were among those chosen.

Our work in these areas ranges from sustainable practices, such as rainwater harvesting for vehicle washing, to community engagement, such as sponsoring Claughton in Bloom in our home town. CPS also impressed the judges with our social responsibility, including short term work placements in both engineering and admin, to develop the skills of the future workforce, and a system of dependable, prompt payments to support small businesses who work with us.

Stuart Brakewell, CPS Managing Director, was delighted with the recognition: “The University of Manchester has a huge number of suppliers, providing a wide range of services,” he commented. “To be singled out as one of the leading companies, when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility, is a great recognition of the hard work that goes on right across our company.

“I’d like to thank everyone at CPS for playing their part in our company and our community.”

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