How to join?

SC21 is a voluntary programme and becoming a participant is free. The programme follows a simple 4 step framework, culminating in the achievement of industry-recognised performance standard awards.


Participating in the SC21 programme delivers recognised benefits across your business:

Productivity Relationships
  • Improved delivery performance (OTIF)
  • Lead time reduction
  • Better cash flow
  • Reduced inventory
  • Labour and set-up time reduction
  • Greater focus on “fit for purpose” equipment
  • Consistent forecasting
  • Increased return on capital employed
  • Reduced number of overdue/backlog orders
  • Accurate planned vs. actual labour cost
  • Floor space utilisation
  • Cross-company team working
  • Better contract management
  • Long-term planning between customers and suppliers
  • Communication before and during the manufacturing process
  • Less customer complaints
Quality Stakeholder Benefits
  • Quality cost reduction
  • Reduced cost of scrap and rework
  • Reduced dispatch cost (re-delivery)
  • Sharing resources
  • Industry training and development for employees
  • UK focus on improvement and competitiveness
  • SME support and communication
  • Cross-fertilisation between Customers, Suppliers and key stakeholders
  • Sustainability / sustainable procurement



Find out how other companies have benefitted from the SC21 process here.



To register to the SC21 scheme, please complete the ONLINE SIGN UP FORM 

If you are not able to access this please download this PDF document, complete it and send it to with the subject line “SC21 Manual Registration as Participant”. Please note that the manual registration will take longer than the online registration to be approved.

IMPORTANT: Membership to SC21, an ADS governed programme for UK industry, requires commitment at CEO or equivalent level within your organisation.