The Competence Centre for Innovative Procurement was set up and is run by the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement, and Logistics e.V. (BME) for the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The BME provides services for around 9,000 members from various business sectors (manufacturing, trade, public-sector contracting authorities, etc.). Through its member companies, the BME represents an annual purchasing volume of EUR 1.25 trillion.
The core tasks of the BME are within the transfer of knowledge and the promotion of education and training, science and the exchange of experiences for both purchasers and providers within all areas of materials management, purchasing and logistics. An essential objective of the association is to set future trends and to promote economic developments and innovations.
To ensure the successful implementation of these core tasks, the BME offers an extensive range of services and a solid network of cooperation partners within economics, science, chambers of industry and commerce, the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the standing conference of contracting support centres, the German Association of Cities, German chambers of foreign trade, inter-trade organisations, the Federal Republic of Germany, federal states and local authorities Through BME Akademie GmbH, the BME holds around 850 events every year on transferring knowledge and promoting qualification within purchasing and logistics. These events include conventions, management forums, certification courses with international recognition for specialists and managers, in-house training courses and seminars.
The BME has created industry- and topic-specific sections and professional groups with the aim of creating synergies and promoting the professional exchange of ideas and information along the entire value-added chain at both a national and international level.
The BME sections/professional groups work on specific supply-chain topics with experts from the industry. The aim is to obtain application-oriented and forward-looking findings and standards within the field of supply chain management and to convey these to a broad public.
Currently the BME runs around 30 professional groups containing experts from various commodities and industries, discussing topics with a particular focus on best practice and innovations, and developing trends. Here are some examples of some particularly relevant sectors to the theme of innovation:
It is now twelve years since the BME set up a section aimed specifically at public-sector contracting authorities in order to support public procurement. The section features representatives from national, state and commune administrations as well as public-law organisations/companies and the field of science. Through this network, the BME offers a neutral platform for:
One key aspect here is in the creation of synergies between public-sector contracting authorities that are innovation-oriented and those seeking this.
With the aim of singling out top performances among public-sector contracting authorities for innovative procurement processes and the procurement of innovative products, construction and services, the BMWi and the BME have been presenting the "Innovation schafft Vorsprung" (Innovation creates a lead) prize since 2006. The BME has also been recognising successful purchasing and logistics management in industrial companies since 1986. Awards are given for innovative services and concepts that offer a long-term boost to the efficiency of purchasing and logistics and thus considerably improve the company's results.
The BME is in close dialogue with those responsible for the Competence Centre for sustainable procurement (Procurement Department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior) with the aim of integrating their experiences and corresponding results into the Competence Centre for Innovative Procurement.
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The interdisciplinary research centre for public-procurement law and management (FoRMöB) at the Universität der Bundeswehr München is the only university institute in Germany that examines matters of public procurement from an economic and legal perspective using an explicit management approach.
There are three pilot projects for pre-commercial procurement provided for within the Competence Centre. KOINNO is supported in these projects by the following:
BEITEN BURKHARDT is an independent international corporate law firm, providing comprehensive legal advice to medium-sized businesses, large companies and groups from a variety of trades as well as the public sector. As one of the leading chambers in the field of legal advice for public procurement, BEITEN BURKHARDT supports public-sector contracting authorities from the preparation phase through to implementation of procurement measures with a focus on major IT projects.
Ottobrunn-based Industrieanlagen Betriebsgesellschaft mbh (IABG) is a leading European technology service provider. The company primarily focuses on the development, qualification and improvement of forward-looking systems and applications in fields such as information and communication technology, the high-tech sector and science. The range extends from planning and implementation through to operations.