Defence Code of Collaboration

18 February 2021

Amethyst sign agreement to aid MOD-supplier relations


Amethyst have signed the Defence code of collaboration to aid collaborative working between the The MOD’s Defence Digital Service and the Defence technology industry.

The list of Ministry of Defence and industry  signatories, including Amethyst, has recently been published following the agreement.

The aim of this collaboration, set up with Defence Digital and techUK, is to move away from an adversarial approach to MOD-supplier relations, as has been the case in previous years. Both the MOD and those in industry have agreed that changing behaviours will deliver benefits to all concerned and help create a more trusted business environment. 

The key points of the collaboration include:

  • Improved Visibility and Enagament on existing and future business opportunities - every effort  will be made by both the Department and industry to engage ahead of the formal procurement cycle, with future pipeline and opportunities signposted as early as practically possible. Every effort will made by the Department to use plain language to ensure the requirements are better understood by industry, and with regular updates and explanations


  • Developing long term business relationships  -  through regular dialogue, both informal and formal; open and honest feedback in both directions; working at the right levels between organisations, involving seniors as necessary, and regular Supplier Forums.
  • Delivering business - encouraging the involvement of commercial staff, at all levels down, in project meetings to ensure matters are dealt with promptly and effectively; ensuring the cost of business is understood by all; reviewing the terms and mechanisms included within proposed contracts to ensure they are compatible with the benefits of collaboration; sharing, managing and mitigating supply chain risks through individual programmes; recognising positive behaviours and good working relationships.
  • Talking first -  rather than communicating by letter or email exchanges, picking up the phone and arranging a meeting; delivering on commitments, such as agreed timescales; raising concerns and issues, at appropriate levels as they occur; meeting as often as is necessary and make greater use of collaboration tools online, in order to share information and aid discussion.



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