ISM® Sustainability Assessments

Sustainability is a growing topic of action, not just discussion, across continents and industries around the world. As a result, from corporate boardrooms to the halls of government, business leaders, lawmakers and supply chain professionals must design, implement, and refine sustainability goals and programs. However, talent and organizational maturity in this area is still in the development phases. 

The Sustainability Assessments measures individual employees as well as stakeholders’ overall knowledge, capability, and abilities on sustainability. These capabilities are aligned to a maturity model that has been developed by ISM and Supply Management subject matter experts from multiple industries. ISM Sustainability assessments can be used to measure organizational maturity and talent capability. Combining perspectives of both your talent and maturity data provides powerful insights to elevate positive impact in your organization.

ISM has a proud history of establishing and advancing global standards for the supply management industry. These new assessments support ISM’s mission to focus more attention on strengthening practices and continues to emphasize the importance of sustainability and social responsibility. The competency model below defines the key areas of sustainability that are aligned with ISM’s Principles of Sustainability and Social Responsibility

 

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Organizational Capability Assessments

With a sustainable supply chain becoming an expectation of customers, investors and employees, companies can no longer afford not to engage in ESG efforts.

ESG transformation will require strategic supply management professionals to lead the way to success. By utilizing the organizational maturity assessment, Supply Management leaders, employees, and stakeholders (i.e., engineering, operations, IT, finance, etc.) can assess the overall maturity of the supply management organization in sustainability. This assessment measures there are 11 competencies and 30 sub-competencies.


Competencies Measured

These competencies are determined critical to the development of organizational maturity. Understanding your baseline maturity and opportunity for growth is key to building long term strategic planning.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Environmental
  • Global Responsibility
  • Ethics and Business Conduct
  • Financial Integrity
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Rights
  • Labor Rights
  • Transparency
  • Supply Chain Sustainability (Business Sustainability)

Results

With organizational maturity results and data, leaders are able to create capability improvement strategies related to people, processes, and technology to deliver strategic value across the company.

Leaders will also be able to assess the overall maturity of the organization, developing talent and organizational roadmaps to achieve sustainability goals. Impact will be measurable in both bottom-line costs and top-line revenues.

Organizational Maturity Levels

Working with practitioners and other subject matter experts, organizational maturity progression is mapped as follows. This targeted growth pattern moves organizations from emerging to transformative:


EMERGING  

Reactive, Unstructured, Unpredictable


DEVELOPED  

Structured, Standard Processes, Individual Focus


MANAGED  

Proactive, Consistent Practices, Team Focus


INTEGRATED  

Advising, Controlled Processes, Cross-Collaboration


TRANSFORMATIVE  

Differentiated, Strategic Value Creation, Enterprise / External Influence




Talent Capability Assessments

By utilizing the talent capability assessment, individual employees assess their existing knowledge, skills, and abilities (based on current or past roles) in supply chain management with an emphasis on sustainability. These capabilities are aligned to a maturity model that has been developed by ISM and Supply Management subject matter experts from multiple industries. Within this assessment,11 competencies and 38 sub competencies are assessed.

Competencies Measured

These competencies are determined critical to the development of individual talent capability. Understanding your baseline skills and aptitudes will assist you in your professional growth, from foundational to mastery.

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Environmental
  • Global Responsibility
  • Ethics and Business Conduct
  • Financial Integrity
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Rights
  • Labor Rights
  • Transparency
  • Supply Chain Sustainability (Business Sustainability)

Results

With individual capability results, supply management employees will gain insight on their skills, knowledge and abilities across sustainability competencies as compared to the company expectations. Career development to achieve and exceed these targets will enable professional growth while delivering strategic value to the company.

With assessment data, supply management leaders will be able to assess the overall bench strength of their employees and their roles as well as provide development plans to employees and teams, creating opportunity to impact the bottom-line costs and top-line revenues.

Talent Capability Levels

Working with practitioners and other subject matter experts, individual maturity progression is mapped as follows.


FUNDAMENTAL  

Basic and Fundamental Knowledge


PROFICIENT  

Possesses Knowledge & Skill


ADVANCED  

Proficient, Knowledgeable, Decision-Maker


MASTERY  

Strategic, Forward-Thinking, Results Focused

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