On 5 April, the 10th edition of the Décision Achats Awards was held in Paris. This event—organised by the communication group Editialis, in partnership, for the very first time, with the Conseil National des Achats (National Purchasing Council)—highlights outstanding initiatives and leading players in the French procurement community. After an passionate introduction by Michel Sapin, former Employment and (twice) Finance Minister, on buyers’ duty of vigilance and on the transparency legislation that bears his name (the Loi Sapin II), the award ceremony began. A few words on the prize winning projects and personalities…
Procurement decision-maker of the year
#1: Martin de Neuville, CPO Pierre et Vacances-Center Parcs
Having structured the procurement department at Pierre et Vacances-Center Parcs, Martin de Neuville is now positioning it as a fully-fledged value-generating business partner, putting his faith in innovation and entrepreneurship. “Procurement is central to risk management, value creation and CSR”, he explains.
#2: Marion Zemanik, procurement manager at Allianz France
The young manager Marion Zemanik likes to think outside the box. She advocates a style of management based on autonomy and freedom of expression, so that everyone’s skills and innovative ideas are valued.
#3: Daniel Righetti, CPO of Colas
Daniel Righetti took over the reins of the procurement department in 2014 while the group's transformation was in full swing. After a monumental effort to get the group's purchases on a sound footing, the CPO aims to generate "100 million euros of reverse business" with suppliers by 2020.
#1: Safran, and more specifically its Open Innovation division, is launching a co-innovation and co-development programme with its supplier, Konica Minolta. "We don't know our suppliers and what they are capable of !” says the winning team.
#2: Rocher is building a symbiotic relationship with its supplier, Schwan Cosmetics-Yves Rocher, in order to create value for all of the stakeholders (sharing marketing insights, pooling formula innovations, etc.).
#3: EDF is setting up a "productivity partnership" as part of a virtuous-circle approach aimed at developing collaborative continuous improvement actions with its suppliers and service providers. Over a hundred actions have already been implemented.
#1: Rocher is developing a sustainable model that creates value for the Group and its local ecosystem with its "Macadamia from Guatemala" project. Its macadamia nuts are harvested under conditions that are respectful of people and the environment, with, for example, the recycling of waste into fertilisers or energy to meet production needs.
#2: CAHPP has put in place a whole host of actions: organising responsible procurement meetings for its buyers, running a monthly web conference bringing together some thirty manufacturers to discuss targeted cross-cutting themes, creating the eco-label "CAHPP s’engage", meeting users in order to refine its CSR approach, and more.
#3: Legrand has defined its new CSR roadmap and undertakes to support 100% of its CSR-sensitive suppliers in a progress-oriented approach.
Ecosystem Development category
#1: GSK has moved its head office, taking account of the global impact on all of its suppliers and partners. "Beyond the financial dimension, this was a human challenge: our concern was to maintain and preserve jobs," the team recalls.
#2: Safran has set up a Research & Technology procurement department with a range of missions: developing a principle of proximity between players for greater operational efficiency, encouraging the introduction and management of new partners (start-up targets), etc.
#3: Expertbuy has created a subsidiary, BuyzeWay, specializing in the field of supply and procurement. As an Adapted Enterprise*, it promotes the employment of workers with recognised disabilities.
Young Buyer Category
#1: Ngan Nguyen, ESSEC: "Definition and implementation of sourcing and management of relations with start-ups in the procurement department of a large service group."
#2: Karim Langlet, IAE – University of Grenoble Alpes: "How should we manage the dominance of critical suppliers in customer-supplier relations and the implementation of solutions in procurement departments?"
#3: Heloïse Soler, Catholic University of Lyon: "The influence of Vietnamese economic development on the decision of French companies to buy in Vietnam."
Congratulations to everyone – and see you next year!
*An Enterprise Adaptée or Adapted Company (formerly a "Sheltered Workshop") is a manufacturing or service company with a social purpose; at least 80% of its long-term workforce is made up of disabled people, working in conditions adapted to their disability.