Principles of Social Responsibility Presented at Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference

FOR RELEASE: April 25, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

(Tempe, Ariz.) — As part of its commitment to lead the profession, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has created Principles of Social Responsibility, a document designed to provide a framework for supply professionals to be leaders in the area of social responsibility. ISM presented the Principles of Social Responsibility document during the conference-opening General Session at the 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference, which took place Sunday, April 25, 2004, at the Philadelphia Marriott.

In his opening remarks, ISM Board of Directors Chair Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., A.P.P., CFPM, highlighted the key position supply professionals hold in fostering socially responsible supply chain practices. "Many companies have standards in place for corporate-wide behavior," Nieves stated. "But what has not been available before today were principles for our profession, as it is practiced...principles that are focused specifically on supply management's role in social responsibility."

The seven basic areas addressed in the Principles of Social Responsibility document include: Community, Diversity, Environment, Ethics, Financial Responsibility, Human Rights and Safety. Each area includes details that are intended to raise awareness and guide attitudes related to socially responsible behaviors and practices.

Opening Session Keynote Speaker Dick Conrad, senior vice president, global operations, supply chain, for Hewlett-Packard, set the stage for the debut of the Principles of Social Responsibility document. Conrad's address, "Our Future Supply Management Lies in Today's Corporate Consciousness," emphasized the reality that social responsibility is no longer an option, but is now a business imperative.

In order to develop Principles of Social Responsibility, ISM's Board of Directors created a Commission on Social Responsibility to explore the impact of various social responsibility issues on supply management. ISM acknowledges and thanks the Commission on Social Responsibility members: Commission Chair Barbara B. Lang, DC Chamber of Commerce; Craig R. Carter, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno; Lisa E. Earp, NIKE Inc.; Betsy L. Harrington, C.P.M., Alcoa Business Support Services; William F. McGrath II, Alcoa Global Business Services-Procurement; Steven Sims, National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.; Gwendolyn Turner, Pfizer Inc.; Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., Institute for Supply Management; Holly LaCroix Johnson, Institute for Supply Management, and Scott R. Sturzl, C.P.M., Institute for Supply Management.

ISM's Principles of Social Responsibility can be viewed on the ISM Web site at

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