Sustainability Research Center

This page is a centralized resource page dedicated to Institute for Supply Management®’s sustainability research.

Gathering news and resources on the information you should know and education and research you can access to learn more about sustainability within supply management. Join the conversation, share your experience, and ask questions through our social channels or by connecting with us at ask@ismworld.org.

ISM RESEARCH SAYS...

The Institute for Supply Management® conducted research between Feb. 12 – June 4, 2021, focusing on sustainability, the role of supply management in sustainability and sustainability programs through suppliers. Below are some highlights.

63%

Of respondents say the Board of Directors or CEO is the highest-ranking stakeholder of their company’s sustainability goals.

44%

Of respondents say the execution of sustainability initiatives is led by supply management.

56%

Only use Excel to implement and manage sustainability strategies.

63%

Only use Excel to measure the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives.

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ISM SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Institute for Supply Management® conducted research, surveying more than 550 supply chain professionals focusing on sustainability, the role of supply management in sustainability and sustainability programs through suppliers. ISM Chief Executive Officer, Tom Derry, reviews research highlights and some key outcomes.

Institute for Supply Management's Sustainability Research

The survey highlights that sustainability in supply management across many organizations is still in its infancy. For example, 56% report only using Microsoft Excel to implement and manage sustainability strategy, and 62% only use Excel as a tool to measure the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives, rather than other, more advanced tools or technology.

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Download Sustainability: The ‘Must Have’ Strategic Initiative, examining the role of supply management in sustainability and sustainability programs through suppliers through ISM’s recent research. Though sustainability is an increased prioritization as a strategic business initiative across all business sectors and political territories, ISM®’s sustainability research shows that supply management has a large role in executing strategic initiatives for many organizations.

 

ISM Sustainability Research

 

This infographic will give you greater insights into key themes around the  Institute for Supply Management®'s sustainability research. The survey was conducted between Feb. 12 – June 4, 2021, and included over 550 respondents. The focus of the study is on sustainability, the role of supply management in sustainability, and sustainability programs through suppliers.

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