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Seems very familar

July 25, 2017

This Letter to the Editor  of the UK Telegraph is very reminiscent of rubbish that increasingly appears in a variety of forms when proposing to prospective clients. Many of these requirements seem designed to ensure that only a few large entities can bid and succeed. Increasingly one is driven to believe that experience, knowledge and general competence are valued less than meeting these sort of requirements:-

Questions, questions

SIR – I was recently asked to complete a questionnaire to keep my business on a customer’s approved supplier list.

To comply with the latest diktat on slavery and human trafficking it wanted to be assured that we had published a slavery and human trafficking statement, had a policy in relation to it, had undertaken a risk assessment, had identified steps to manage the risk, had provided training and were carrying out due diligence to ensure our suppliers were doing the same. It also wanted to know that we had policies on monitoring diversity, age, disability, gender-reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation and were committed to Global Compact Principles.

A section followed asking whether we were certificated to ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety), ISO 27001 (information security), BS 10500 (anti-bribery management) and Cyber Essentials (whatever that is).

If my two-man engineering consultancy had written all these policies, monitored their application, and updated them, we would have done very little engineering.

Barry Johnson
Cambridge

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