Social Responsibility Activity Among Supply Professionals Established in Baseline Study

FOR RELEASE: April 25, 2004

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

(Tempe, Ariz.) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has released the first-ever social responsibility report for supply managers as part of its ongoing commitment to social responsibility issues. The report Social Responsibility and the Supply Management Profession: A Baseline Study summarizes the results of a large-scale survey of supply managers representing a diverse set of industries across manufacturing, service and government/education sectors.

The survey, conducted by the ISM Committee on Social Responsibility, establishes a baseline for current socially responsible behavior against which activity reported by supply professionals in subsequent surveys can be compared. Survey questions were designed to assess activity in seven areas identified in ISM's Principles of Social Responsibility. The seven principles — Community, Diversity, Environment, Ethics, Financial Responsibility, Human Rights and Safety — affect internal supply management policies and procedures as well as relationships with suppliers. Social Responsibility and the Supply Management Profession: A Baseline Study is a companion piece to ISM's Principles of Social Responsibility booklet. Both documents were released at the 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Philadelphia.

A total of 1,163 organizations responded to an e-mail survey sent to 11,119 addresses, for a response rate of 12.5 percent. Seventy percent of the responding organizations do business in the United States and at least one foreign country. Most of the respondents' organizations have an annual spend in the range of $10 million to $50 million dollars. More than one third of respondents reported five or fewer purchasing employees in their organizations, although more than 15 percent of responding organizations reported 100 or more purchasing employees. The full report can be viewed on the ISM Web site at

ISM's Committee on Social Responsibility is leading ongoing efforts to bring social responsibility to the consciousness of supply professionals and provide the information they need to engage actively in leading the profession. The Social Responsibility and the Supply Management Profession Study will be updated periodically to determine the change in social responsibility practices over time.

ISM acknowledges and thanks the Committee on Social Responsibility members: Committee Chair Beth Heinrich, C.P.M., Motorola Semiconductor; Craig R. Carter, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno; Lisa E. Earp, NIKE Inc.; Joan N. Kerr, SBC Inc.; Carla S. Lallatin, C.P.M., Lallatin & Associates; Barbara B. Lang, DC Chamber of Commerce; William F. McGrath II, Alcoa Global Business Services-Procurement; Gwendolyn Turner, Pfizer Inc., and Scott R. Sturzl, C.P.M., Institute for Supply Management.

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