R&W Civil Engineering Achieves BS 11000 for ‘Collaborative Business Relationships’ as part of Kier Supply Chain Alliance
R&W Civil Engineering (R&W) has achieved certification to BS 11000 for Collaborative Business Relationships as part of a new alliance approach to certification, pioneered by main contractor Kier Highways and the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Demonstrating a leading commitment to collaborative working, R&W plus several other members of the Kier Highways supply chain, working in Highways England Area 3, have achieved the certification to adopt a single collaborative working system enabling members of the Kier supply chain to collectively fund and resource certification, becoming certified to BS 11000.
Whilst the R&W team have been working as part of the Area 3 collaborative team for the last six years we have, since September 2015 been working towards the certification by attending regular improvement workshops and training days, taking part in supply chain forums, sharing knowledge whilst moving towards practice. As part of this process BSI assessed R&W and the other partners individually, carrying out checks and monitoring all for compliance ensuring they complete the certification.
The BS 11000 standard for collaborative working also has the potential to become an ISO in the near future, which would take the standard to a global audience, providing the possibility for the Alliance Arrangement to also be shared around the world.
Howard Hutchinson, Director of R&W Civil Engineering comments, “Collaborative working plays a huge part and a critical role in the approach R&W has towards all of its working partners. With the newly evolving Highways England asset led delivery model, certification enables R&W to demonstrate our commitment and capability to clients. We are incredibly proud to be one of the pioneers of this innovation, which in itself embodies great collaboration, and we look forward to watching the model spread UK wide, if not globally.“
Dave Wright, executive director, Kier Highways says “I firmly believe that the Alliance approach has the potential to transform certification to this standard and the collaboration ethos for SME’s across UK industry, and expect many other companies large and small to follow in our footsteps.”
As the UK’s National Standards Body, BSI is responsible for developing British Standards and for representing UK interests in international and European standard organisations such as ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation).
This scheme enables members of the Alliance to share the experience of gaining BS 11000 certification, which will then help them to generate operational savings and efficiencies, become more resilient and increase the potential of winning new business. Each Alliance partner can also extend the scope of certification into other areas of their business operations.