Kier has achieved the new international standard, having spent many years focusing on innovative ways to enable the whole supply chain to work more closely and effectively together, most recently including pioneering a new Alliance Approach to BS 11000, the UK standard for collaboration.
Kier developed the new Alliance Approach with BSI and facilitated the adoption of a single collaborative working system in its Area 3 contract for Highways England. The Alliance Approach also enabled members of Kier’s supply chain to collectively fund and resource certification and to then become certified to BS 11000.
This innovative Alliance Approach has been widely recognised, including winning two awards at the recent Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) Collaborative Working Awards. The Industry Award was presented for Kier’s outstanding relationship with its supply chain, that demonstrably highlights the benefits of collaboration. Kier also won the first ever Supply Chain Award, which is presented at the judges’ discretion to recognise truly outstanding efforts of supply chain partners in contributing to collaborative ventures.
The new ISO 44001 standard will provide guidance in identifying, developing and managing collaborative relationships between organisations. A replacement to national standard BS 11000, ISO 44001 ensures businesses deliver a consistent level of quality to customers by having well-defined processes and procedures that are regularly reviewed.
Dave Wright, executive director, Kier Highways, said: “We’re pleased to be among the first companies to be certified to ISO 44001, which underpins our commitment to collaboration best practice. As the first Highways England provider to achieve its predecessor, BS 11000, before pioneering an industry-leading alliance approach, we’re pleased to continue our journey of firsts when it comes to collaboration.
“Successful collaboration, whether with clients or suppliers, is at the very heart of our business. It encourages innovation, creativity and productivity across the whole life cycle of our projects, and we’re proud that our BS 11000 achievements have been recognised by ICW. This, combined with our achieving IS0 44001, really highlights our commitment to collaborative working, and we will continue to lead the industry and demonstrate our expertise.”
Frank Lee, product certification technical & operational delivery director at BSI commented: “Kier should be delighted that they are one of the first organizations to gain certification to ISO 44001 – and for the recent recognition at the ICW awards. Both achievements demonstate the team’s ongoing commitment to collaboration and to creating a culture that will shape and support their business well into the future.