The programme

SC21 is part of the ladder of Aerospace and Defence Supply Chain improvement programmes:

  • SC21 Lite – Helping small and medium-sized companies to start on their SC21 continuous improvement journey
  • SC21 Operational Excellence (OE) – Improving operational effectiveness and achieving supply chain excellence
  • NMCL SC21 C+G – Increasing competitiveness and improved organisational capability
  • Sharing in Growth – Developing leadership and accelerating growth

SC21 follows a simple 4-step framework:


The detailed deployment of this framework is highlighted in the specific pages dedicated to each programme.

SC21 is supported by the UK Aerospace Supply Chain Competitiveness Charter in its aim. The Charter reflects the refreshed focus of the Aerospace Industrial Strategy. Designed to accelerate improvements in productivity, skills and innovation, the Charter builds on the success of SC21 in demonstrating the commitment of prime and tier 1 companies’ to their UK suppliers.