The Institute for Supply Management is calling upon supply professionals to pursue socially responsible behaviors. To encourage such behaviors, the Tempe, Ariz.-based organization has issued a document outlining its principles of social responsibility.
The document outlines professional standards in seven areas: community, diversity, environment, ethics, financial responsibility, human rights and safety. The environment principle, for example, promotes the adoption of environmentally sound practices both within a company's four walls and among its suppliers--the eventually goal being good practices throughout the supply chain.
ISM's Principles of Social Responsibility are online at http://www.ism.ws/sr In addition to a downloadable version of the principles, the Website contains results of a survey measuring current environmental practices among supply professionals as well as links associated with each of the seven principles.