The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) says supply management decisions should be based upon an organization's written strategic plan as well as its sustainability and social responsibility policies.
The group defines sustainability as “the ability to meet current needs without hindering the ability to meet the needs of future generations in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges.”
In a position statement, ISM encourages supply chain professionals to have a thorough understanding of their organization's sustainability and social responsibility concepts and policies. They should also know their role within those policies and work with suppliers to achieve certain goals while adding value to the business.
ISM is holding a conference covering sustainability and social responsibility November 6-7, 2008 at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, MD. For information, www.ism.ws/sr.