The Department for International Development's head of procurement and commercial Nick Ford said that it wants to minimise the time spent on procurement to focus on contract management.
The role of the specialist travel manager is set to return as the business travel market strengthens and optimism increases, suggests an AirPlus International report.
Apple, Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin are among 26 businesses to have signed up to the SupplierPay pledge, launched by US president Barack Obama, to settle supplier bills more quickly.
“The CBI, in the strong position that they’re in, could set a precedent for guidelines about what’s appropriate for their members,” said Ann Swain, chief executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.
The Department for International Development’s permanent secretary Mark Lowcock said that it has been “unrealistic” with timeframes and must “deal with that optimism bias issue”.
The Co-operative Group rolled out a training programme for all category trading managers and buyers, according to its 2013 Sustainability Report.
Under change which came into effect on 1 July, state agencies are now required to look for at least one quote from an SME for contracts worth up to AUS$1 million (£547,000).
Global brewer SABMiller aims to cut its carbon footprint across its value chain by 25 per cent for each litre of beer it produces by 2020.
A report by the Committee on Climate Change said there is little evidence small companies are taking action to mitigate the risk posed by volatile weather to their suppliers.
The strategy encourages all councils in England to engage with the delivery of outcomes in making savings, supporting local economies, leadership and modernising procurement.
During the second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons, home secretary Theresa May said "legislation is not the answer to everything, but we recognise the issue of supply chains".