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This portal is a supply chain management solution designed to improve the performance of all the suppliers being monitored. Achieving supply chain improvement is critical to the continued competitiveness of the UK aerospace and defence industry. The key programme for Supply Chains in the 21st century, signatories to SC21 are committed to developing UK supply chains to ensure they remain competitive and able to deliver increased value to customers. SC21 signatory companies are committed to:

A new SC21 business culture: no matter what their role or position in a supply chain, they are determined to effect fundamental business transformation. They have committed to work openly and transparently, through sharing information and working collaboratively, to deliver benefits across the industry. They will avoid duplication and waste.

Delivering innovation: they will build on success to enable the industry to be a leader in the development of competitive value chains. They will pursue the most competitive solutions for the customers, by accessing innovation and specialist expertise. They will encourage innovation and investment of all types throughout the supply chain, achieved through providing a more trusting and open environment.

Through-life solutions: total through-life cost is of paramount importance to the customers. They will involve all functions of the supply chain, for example: procurement, engineering and finance, throughout the project, product or service lifecycle. Transparency will be encouraged, with more planning and forecast data made available using bid conferences, project conferences and other means of communication.

Delivering the SC21 plan: as a signatory to the action plan, they have accepted that their adherence to the commitments will be tested annually and that their performance will be measured and published. They will help in the development of this plan by sharing experiences.

Leadership: They will encourage colleagues in the industry, including their customers and suppliers, to join SC21 as both signatories and active participants.

Ethical practices: we will ensure that all business is conducted in a principled manner, with the highest degree of personal and business integrity.

Increased pace of change: their rate of change and improvement will be at an accelerated pace. Signatories will work together to harmonise how supply chains are developed, how accreditation occurs, how performance is measured and how relationships are improved.

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