Abu Dhabi Airports demonstrates outstanding procurement practice through CIPS certification

02 Feb 2017 , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Airports has been awarded the globally recognised Corporate Certification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in recognition of its procurement department’s world-class standards of efficiency and effectiveness.

The CIPS Corporate Certification is designed and delivered by globally leading procurement experts to ensure effective governance for procurement and supply assurance and compliance and is the only independent, comprehensive and procurement-specific assessment of its kind. 

David Noble, Group CEO, CIPS, presented the certificate during a ceremony at Abu Dhabi Airports’ headquarters today and said “To achieve CIPS Corporate Certification, a company must clearly demonstrate outstanding performance across our assessment dimensions which ensure key enablers are in place for effective governance. The procurement team at Abu Dhabi Airports have worked hard to put in place a robust practice that has raised the standards in the local industry, and through the CIPS Corporate Certification, the team has reinforced their credibility and can continue to build stronger and more constructive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.” 

The assessment dimensions used to evaluate corporate procurement practices include leadership and organization, strategy, people, processing and systems, and performance measurement and management.

Abdul Majeed Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: “By achieving CIPS certification, an internationally recognized award, the company has demonstrated that it has all the procurement governance mechanisms in place for effective supply assurance and compliance, delivering efficient control over expenditure and positioning Abu Dhabi Airports as one of the world’s leading airport groups.”

Sam Achampong, Regional Director CIPS MENA said: “As the aviation sector continues to go through challenging times at a global level, it is encouraging to see the steps that UAE aviation leaders are taking to ensure procurement efforts comply with international best practice.”

Saeed Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President Procurement and Logistics at Abu Dhabi Airports, added: “The achievement of CIPS Corporate Certification has confirmed the procurement team’s outstanding performance across all assessed parameters and is also a motivational boost for the team to continue on its journey of excellence and prove that effectiveness is a result of professionalism, a robust procurement ecosystem and devoted commitment towards internal and external stakeholders”  

CIPS has worked closely with various leaders in the UAE aviation industry in efforts to enhance the standards of procurement and supply practices. Most recently, the institute announced a voluntary licence agreement with Etihad Airways Group to be adopted across the group’s procurement and supply department.