Institute for Supply Management

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The Institute for Supply Management® is the first and largest nonprofit, professional supply management organization in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM drives value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. The institute aims to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. The institute provides leading education, qualifications, publications, information, and research for individuals and corporations in the supply management and purchasing professionals. ISM leads the profession through the ISM Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification and training programs, events, corporate services and the ISM Mastery Model®. The ISM® Report On Business®, Manufacturing and Services, are two of the most reliable economic indicators available, providing guidance to supply management professionals, economists, analysts, and government and business leaders.


  • ISM members can earn the Certified Professional in Supply Management or the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity.

  • ISM has impacted supply management and the purchasing profession through best in class education, certification, leadership development and research.

  • The ISM Manufacturing Report On Business® is one of the most reliable economic indicators available, which measures new orders, production, employment and supplier deliveries.

  • As of 2021, the organization had more than 50,000 members across 100 countries, with about $1 trillion in corporate and government supply chain procurement annually.