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Supply Chain Management The Merlin Standard has been designed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) with providers and representative bodies to help evolve successful, high performing supply chains, and champion positive behaviours and relationships in the delivery of provision. The development of the standard responds directly to concerns raised by providers, especially those not operating as prime contractors, in ensuring appropriate fairness within supply chains.

The Merlin Standard has been designed to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it. It is built upon four fundamental and integrated principles; supply chain design, commitment, conduct and review. These principles have been designed to examine key areas of the relationship between a prime contractor and its supply chain partners. Criteria underpinning the principles also seek to review the role of commissioning, including the procurement process, and how supply chain behaviour is affected by the behaviour of the commissioner (eg. DWP).

This website gives organisations wishing to attain the Merlin Standard more detail about the criteria requirements, and how to book an assessment. It also provides information about current organisations who hold the Standard, and includes a facility through which supply chain partners (SCPs) can search for prime providers across multiple contracts using the “search by contract” function.

The Merlin Standard also offers an online Expression of Interest (EoI) for all supply chains that use the Merlin Standard. Full information regarding this new service can be found in the EoI flyer

To get started in terms of registering your organisation on the website, click here or, if you are a returning user, just click here.

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