BSI seeks views on new British Standard on collaborative business relationships

Press release - 16 June 2010

The draft British Standard BS 11000 Collaborative business relationships is now out for public consultation. This standard builds upon the successful PAS 11000, the framework specification for supporting collaborative business partnering. BSI is seeking to capture views from industry and wider stakeholder groups.

The framework developed by BSI with PSL (Partnership Sourcing Limited) along with government and procurement professionals has so far helped organizations to establish, manage and improve strategic partnering both within and across the public and private sectors. BS 11000 aims to expand this further, addressing wider business sectors and elements of partnering relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Martyn Hart, Chairman of the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) said, "The NOA believes that this is an important initiative enabling all to benefit from the good practices of a robust and widely accepted standard in this essential part of the UK economy. The NOA has joined with BSI to vigorously encourage other industry associations, and individual organizations, involved in all types of collaborative business relationships across the UK to participate in the consultation process."

Mike Low, Director of BSI Standards commented, "Both business and the public sector are increasingly working in open environments with collaboration seen as an increasingly effective business model for organizations to work together. PAS 11000 has already helped a number of key partnerships to improve their collaborative working and the move to a British Standard will further support this. I would encourage all those interested to examine this draft standard and provide us with their comments."

Earlier this year, five leading companies in the defense, aviation and support services sectors become the first in the UK to be awarded PAS 11000 certification. EMCOR Group (UK), Lockheed Martin UK, NATS, Raytheon Systems Limited and VT Group worked closely with PSL (Partnership Sourcing Limited) to achieve PAS 11000 certification, awarded by BSI after they were audited in a pilot certification programme.

To view and comment on the draft standard, BS 11000, please visit by 31 July 2010.

Publication of BS 11000 is expected in Q4 2010.