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ISM Launches Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™)

FOR RELEASE: January 11, 2011

(Tempe, Ariz.) January 11, 2011 — Registration is now open for the newest qualification offered by Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). Individual candidates may now register with ISM for the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™).

The CPSD™ is a professional designation for supplier diversity professionals and supply management professionals who hold diversity responsibilities. More than 200 individuals participated in pilot testing the program in November 2010.

"Those who hold responsibility for supplier diversity have for some time asked ISM to define the body of knowledge necessary to do this job professionally and successfully," says ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS. "We have captured the body of knowledge that is required for supplier diversity efforts not only in the United States, but also wherever efforts are practiced that are inclusive of minority and women suppliers."

For more information, fees, requirements and exam specifications, visit ISM online at Select Professional Credentials, then Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™. Register here.

Note to Editors: ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms — 5th Edition

Diversity and Inclusiveness — Supply Base signifies variety, including variety in the ownership of organizations. In supply management, diversity typically means an organization's efforts to include different categories of suppliers in its sourcing process and active supply base and to address the opportunities and challenges that arise from differences and similarities.

Diversity and Inclusiveness — Workforce signifies variety, including variety in the types of people employed in an organization.

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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