Social landlords are placing greater emphasis on quality when making procurement decisions following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Fusion21’s Procurement Trends Report has revealed.
More than half (51%) of the 80 procurement professionals who took part in the research in April and May this year told Fusion21 that the quality of goods and services had become a more important consideration.
Among those who said Grenfell had not affected their organisation’s approach, many stated that quality was already vital.
Sarah Rothwell, Head of Member Engagement at Fusion21, commented: “We conducted our Procurement Trends research in order to find out what was most important to procurement professionals after a hugely challenging couple of years for everyone in the housing sector.
“The research findings confirmed that the work of procurement teams around compliance has been the focus of renewed scrutiny following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
“At Fusion21, we will continue to respond to our members’ needs through our procurement services. Earlier this year we launched our national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works — enhancing our existing comprehensive fire safety offer.
“Appointment to this DPS is based entirely on suppliers fulfilling a rigorous quality criteria assessment which focuses on experience and capability.”
Three-quarters (75%) of procurement professionals, who work for organisations that collectively own more than one million homes, described compliance as ‘extremely important’ when achieving value for money.
More than half (57%) outsourced procurement in order to access technical expertise that does not exist in-house; while more than a quarter (28%) outsourced in order to achieve value for money; 26% in order to make procurement more efficient; and 21% to ensure compliance.