MERLIN STANDARD – VALUE ADDED BENEFIT REVIEW
The Merlin Standard has been designed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it.
Launched in 2012 with the first assessments taking place in the Spring of that year. The Standard is designed to champion positive behaviours and relationships to achieve successful, high performing supply chains.
It is built upon four principles;
supply chain design,
These principles have been designed to examine key areas of the relationship between a prime contractor and its supply chain partners.
The aim of the Standard is to encourage excellent supply chain management and within this to ensure fair treatment of partners and subcontractors by Prime Contractors, to support development of healthy, high performing supply chain.
The standard was developed over 2 years by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), in collaboration with representatives of the welfare sector in response to concerns raised by providers operating as subcontractors over fair treatment by prime providers.
Although produced with the active involvement of the welfare sector, the Standard is generic by design and applicable to any organisation delivering on a contract through a supply chain.
The vision for the Standard is to ensure that it is established as an exemplar of best practice supply chain management across public, private and third sectors in the UK and Internationally.
The Merlin Standard provides a benchmark which recognises and promotes sustainable excellence.
Assessments and accreditation service is delivered by emqc Ltd, an independent service provider.
Predominantly, the fees associated with a Merlin assessment are based on the number of the Prime Contractor’s past, present and potential Supply Chain Partners. However, the number of staff employed by...