About SC21

Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Aerospace and Defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.

Launched 12 years ago, it has grown into the largest Supply Chain Improvement programme in the UK Aerospace and Defence sector. The programme is endorsed by all major UK Aerospace and Defence companies, it is overseen by the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) and delivered by ADS at a national level working with SC21 participants, prime contractors, Regional Aerospace Associations, strategic partners, accredited practitioners and training partners.

SC21 Programme

Over its lifetime, the programme has had over 880 active participating companies signed up to the principles of SC21, and engaged in a continuous performance improvement journey.

The programme provides a simple standard improvement framework which defines performance goals and standardizes the approach and tools for continuous sustainable improvement. These reflect the exacting requirements of some of the major Aerospace and Defence organisations worldwide. Participants achieving and maintaining agreed criteria in terms of delivery, quality, sustainable improvement and the associated improvement frameworks (business, manufacturing and relationship excellence) receive national recognition in the form of a Bronze, Silver or Gold Performance Standard Award.

Proven model

SC21 is based on a proven model: since its launch, over 770 national performance standard awards have been achieved and participants’ business excellence scores have consistently increased. The programme has also been endorsed as part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership’s Competitiveness Charter.