Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions achieves CIPS global Corporate Certification

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Excellence and integrity in purchasing and supply processes recognized

LONDON, UK – July 18, 2013 – Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) has become the first company in the facilities management, real estate and workplace sector to achieve the new global Corporate Certification from the Chartered Institute for Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) for demonstrating integrity and excellence in its purchasing processes and procedures.

The CIPS Corporate Certification, which is valid until 2016, was awarded following a rigorous examination of Johnson Controls GWS’ procurement and supply function, which included interviews and assessments and a review of supporting evidence to demonstrate the strength of Johnson Controls GWS’ leadership and organization, strategy, people, processes and performance.

Guy Holden, Johnson Controls GWS, vice president & chief commercial officer, said: “The nature of business is increasingly complex and global. As we continue to operate in new markets, we need to ensure that our supply chain remains effective and robust. This accreditation demonstrates to our customers and suppliers that we have high quality standards in place wherever we conduct business. Procurement can help deliver a competitive advantage and our team is globally recognized for being one of the best there is.”

Previously Johnson Controls GWS had held CIPS accreditation for its operations in northern Europe. The decision to gain global accreditation reflects the company’s global sourcing model.

David Noble, CIPS, chief executive officer said: “Johnson Controls evidenced a very mature approach to their procurement processes. They demonstrated a strong ethical business operating system while understanding the importance of stakeholder involvement. It is a pleasure to be awarding our corporate certification to them.”

The Johnson Controls GWS sourcing team, which comprises 120 employees globally, has delivered in excess of $225 million in savings to Johnson Controls GWS clients during the last three years.

Johnson Controls is one of just 18 companies that spends $1 billion or more annually with diverse suppliers. It is the only business-to-business company to be named Corporation of the Year by the U.S. National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) more than once.

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About Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions

Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions is a leading provider of facilities, corporate real estate and energy management for many of the world’s largest companies. We create business advantage for our customers through tailored solutions that optimize their real estate performance and employee productivity while reducing total occupancy costs. Our 21,000 employees have delivered over $3 billion in savings for our customers over the last 10 years and ensure the business continuity of the 1.8 billion square feet of real estate that we manage in more than 75 countries. 

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list.

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Arta Ertekin
Senior Communications Specialist
Global WorkPlace Solutions
+44 (0)1252 346405

About The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on purchasing and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of over 94,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of purchasing and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.

Trudy Salandiak
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