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 Justin Bieber Updates, Tesco Christmas, Sunday Times Newspaper, Charity Christmas Cards, Cancer Research Uk, Cry For Help, Forced Labor, Cnn News

Girl's find in Tesco card halts China production

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

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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.

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, Climate Change Effects, Domestic Flights, Image Caption

BA 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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Bloomberg says his campaign used prison labour

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

Contraception shortage 'causing utter chaos' - BBC News Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pills, Things To Think About, Health Care, Bbc News, Birth, Births, Health

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.

Irish parliament red-faced over printer too big to fit through doors Lower House, Procurement Process, Big Doors, Irish Times, Red Face, Tear Down, The Guardian, All About Time, Printer

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

Irish parliament red-faced over printer too big to fit through doors | Ireland | The Guardian

Oxfam alleges abuse in UK supermarket supply chains - BBC News Retail Supplies, India Images, Tea Brands, Image Caption, Supply Chain, Relentless, Bbc News, Chains

Oxfam alleges UK supermarket supply chain abuse

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

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Brook House: G4S drops bid for new contract

Bosses feared it would be rejected in the wake of secret filming showing staff abusing asylum seekers.

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, Plant, Outdoor

Walkout at Mossmorran 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.

“Greedy”: the Hampshire house bought by Allan Williams with the stolen cash Hampshire House, Ministry Of Justice, Home Buying, The Hamptons, Custom Homes

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

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, Water Supply, Take Action, Bbc News, Queen Elizabeth, Glasgow

NHS board to take 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 Scottish Parliament, Procurement Process, Nurse Office, Infection Control, Image Caption, High Risk, Water Treatment, Water Systems, Childrens Hospital

Warning of 'high risk' to water supply at hospital

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