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Incorporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility Into Your Supply Chain

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2012

(Tempe, AZ) — Supply chain professionals are frequently called upon to engage in and support sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Registration is open for Institute for Supply Management™’s (ISM) Sustainability and Social Responsibility Conference taking place November 1-2, 2012 in Manhattan Beach, California. This event provides strategies and expert perspectives for professionals who are heeding the call to optimize resources, eliminate waste and build the foundation for organizational success.

Over the past five years, this program has explored current practices and insights from business leaders and implementation strategies for incorporating sustainability and social responsibility into business strategy. The 5th Annual Sustainability and Social Responsibility Conference offers eight general sessions, panel discussions, networking breaks and ideas for moving forward with responsible and sustainable business practices. General sessions include:

  • Value Chain Survey: Discovering How Sustainability Practices Lead to Success
  • Operationalizing Sustainability in the Supply Chain: Widening the Net
  • Embracing Sustainability: McDonald's Recipe for Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Strengthen Your Supply Chain With Supply Base Diversity

Cost is US$949 for ISM members, US$1,149 for nonmembers and US$250 for ISM student members. Fees include all workshops and scheduled meals. Register by September 26, 2012 and save US$100 off the registration fee. Visit ISM online at for full agenda and to register.

This year's Sustainability and Social Responsibility Conference features a separate Pre-Conference Seminar, "Mastering Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain." This completely new seminar takes place October 30-31, 2012 and will provide attendees with a foundational knowledge of sustainability and social responsibility issues as well as offer tools and best practices that can be applied to attendees' specific situations. Case studies and significant attendee participation augment lecture-style presentations. Cost is US$1,399 for ISM members, US$1,699 for nonmembers. Attendees will earn 14 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). Visit the ISM website for a complete outline and information on how to save US$200 on by attending both programs.

Manhattan Beach Marriott is located at 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, California. Call +1 310/546-7511 or 800/228-9290. The special ISM room rate of US$154 if offered through October 8, 2012. Be sure to use the ISM Group Code ismisma when making reservations at This facility is ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED and is three miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Attendees are responsible for ground transportation.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

Media Contact
Jean McHale |
Manager, Public Relations
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM)
(U.S. only) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143