Peter Smith

MD, Author, and co-founder of the Procurement with Purpose Movement, Procurement Excellence LTD.

Peter has over 25 years experience in procurement and supply chain as a manager, procurement director, consultant, analyst and writer. He edits Spend Matters UK / Europe, and with Jason Busch, the founder of Spend Matters in the US, has developed it into a leading web-based resource for procurement and industry professionals. Peter is also Managing Director of Procurement Excellence Ltd, a leading specialist consulting firm, and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in public and private sector procurement performance improvement.   Peter has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and his first (co-authored) book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010.  Before moving into consultancy, he was Procurement Director for the NatWest Group, the Department of Social Security (the DSS), and the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, and held senior positions in the Mars Group.


Session Details

Procurement with Purpose – Can We Use Our Spend to “Save the World”?

“Procurement with purpose” means using our organisation’s third party spend with suppliers to address social, economic and environmental issues. (“Social value” in the public sector is in effect a subset of procurement with purpose). Peter will discuss case studies that show how the movement is developing and in the interactive part of the session, he will share a methodology that can help you consider what your organisation might most appropriately implement in this space.


Benefits of attending this session:

  • Understand what “procurement with purpose” means, how the movement is developing and how leading organizations are getting positive results
  • Understand the options that organisations can choose to support the movement
  • Take away a methodology to help you start implementing appropriate procurement with purpose actions