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Momentum builds for BS11000

09 December 2010

The worlds first standard on Collaborative Business Relationships -BS 11000-1 – was offcially launched at the House of Lords this week.

The launch event  was opened by the leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Lord Thomas Strathclyde, and hosted by BSI. The BSI’s CEO, Howard Kerr, said, “Building strong relationships both within and outside a company is fundamental to organizational growth and innovation”. He went on to explain that the momentum in favour of collaborative working has “picked up” in the UK and abroad, including interest from the Pentagon  in the USA.
The official launch of the BS11000 standard for Collaborative Business Relationships at the marked the culmination of years of patient work conducted largely through PSL and its network members. Commenting on its development, PSL’s Operations Director David Hawkins said, “Collaborative working offers an alternative and enhanced capability to build new value propositions which are beyond the capabilities of an individual organizations. Moreover, it offers the opportunity to share the flow of knowledge and experience between individuals and organizations to deliver benefit and add value.”
He explained that few partnerships are embedded in the organisatons and are not sustainable with the result that about 80 percent fail. He said that organisations want collaborative working to be sustainable, to add value to the partners and make them more integrated, and for that whole process to be officially validated.
BS 11000 is a breakthrough standard – not just for BSI, but for the whole of industry. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has already committed to adopt it. See FM Report 281 MoD adopts BS11000
To date six organisations have achieved certification under the standard, the latest being Defence Estates Supplies who were awarded their certificate at the House of Lords. BS 11000 has expanded the scope of this approach to address a wider audience, including small and medium-sized enterprises.

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