The Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Since 1915, ISM has executed and extended its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — and maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations.

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Dear Fellow ISM Members,


This year you are being asked to vote to approve certain changes to ISM’s bylaws. The impetus for these changes was the revision of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (NPCL) in New York State in 2013. ISM is incorporated in New York and therefore required to comply with the changes to the NPCL. For example, the law now permits member votes to be recorded by “electronic transmission” (such as email or fax), recognizing the role of technology in today’s business world. Similarly, notice of meetings is no longer required to be made in written format, but may be provided by publication on the ISM website. Another change recommended by ISM’s general counsel would allow the board to appoint a director to fill the unexpired portion of a director’s term in the event of a vacancy. This prevents the ISM Board from having to work “short-handed” in the event of a board vacancy. All of the proposed changes were drafted by ISM’s outside general counsel and carefully reviewed, discussed, and approved by the Board of Directors. A detailed side-by-side comparison of the current and revised Bylaws is available on the ISM website as well as the membership voting website. 


As the proposed changes simplify our governance procedures and are necessary for compliance with New York law, I urge you to vote in favor of the revisions.




Thomas W. Derry

Chief Executive Officer


Ballot information, please click here.



Notice of ISM Annual Membership Meeting


Notice is given that the Institute for Supply Management, Inc.® (ISM) Annual Membership Meeting will be held on January 22, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona, USA. If authorized, this Proxy will be voted at that meeting unless rescinded by you either before or at the meeting.



J. Shipman Gold Medal Award Call for Nominations


Nominate your role model or mentor for the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award and recognize the leaders you admire the most. This award is presented annually to an individual whose career accomplishments have promoted the advancement of the procurement and supply chain management profession. Those chosen for the award are viewed by others as an innovator, community leader, mentor and teacher and have guided other members of the profession to excel in their own endeavors.

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