Western Power awarded global accreditation in procurement

Photo: Western Power
Photo: Western Power

Western Australia’s government utility Western Power has become the first Australian company to achieve platinum certification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

The accreditation, from the global professional body for purchasing and supply standards, makes Western Power one of 15 companies worldwide to be listed as leaders in procurement standards.

The global recognition of excellence will give current and future business partners the highest level of confidence that Western Power has in place transparent, robust and ethical procurement processes.

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CIPS platinum certification reflects Western Power’s commitment to a level playing field that allows Western Australian businesses to compete against national and international suppliers for service and goods contracts.

The certification process took more than 12 months and was conducted by an independent assessment group, ranking Western Power’s procurement and accountancy procedures at platinum standard in 25 of the 28 categories, and gold in the remaining three.

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said, “I’d like to congratulate Western Power and all its employees for this achievement, this international certification reinforces the benefits of the McGowan Government’s decision not to privatise the corporation.

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“Western Power’s procedures allows WA companies to compete on a fair playing field for contracts to supply services and goods to meet the energy needs of WA homes and businesses.

“The people of WA can be assured that their energy business is achieving world-best practice.”