The American Council of Sourcing and Procurement Executives (ACSPE) was founded in 2013 by Michael Shaw. ACSPE focuses on the future of procurement and supply chain in terms of people, process, and technology, with a heavy emphasis on technology. Intended for senior executives, this Council differentiates itself from generalized procurement groups by having a more narrow objective that incorporates disruptive thinking to address and prepare for inevitable changes. 

The American Purchasing Society is a professional association of buyers and purchasing managers, and was the first organization to establish a certification program for buyers and purchasing professionals. The Society’s certification programs are: Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM), Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP), Certified Professional in Distribution and Warehousing (CPDW), and Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant (CPPC). Members receive Professional Purchasing monthly, the Annual Salary Report of Purchasing Professions, the Annual Benchmarking Report of Purchasing Operations, in addition to access to online courses and seminars.

The American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) is a nonprofit organization that provides business benchmarking, best practices, and knowledge management research. It started in 1977 as the American Productivity Center. The supply chain management (SCM) membership provides access to resources that cover supply chain planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and product development. Also offered are Supply Chain Planning Industry spotlights.  

The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) focuses on supply chain organizational transformation, innovation and leadership. As the largest non-profit association for supply chain, ASCM is built on a foundation of APICS certification and training spanning 60 years. APICS CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management), CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution), and Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) programs are now part of the ASCM. The ASCM Supply Chain Learning Center is a centralized hub for education and professional development content. 

APTAC is the professional organization of and for DLA-funded (Defense Logistics Agency) Procurement Technical Assistance Programs (PTACs). APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas. PTACs – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. 

The Buying Legal Council supports professionals tasked with sourcing legal services and managing legal services supplier relationships through advocacy, networking, research and information. Their Market Intelligence Report gives you a comprehensive market overview and explains the trends in buying legal services, the Buying Legal® Guide lets you find providers of alternative and ancillary legal services fast, and the EMEA Benchmarking Survey gives you points of reference for pricing of legal services in select legal markets. 

Category and Sourcing Managers (CASME) is a global membership of corporate procurement enterprises with members that are hands-on category and sourcing managers. CASME membership offers access to best practice sourcing insights and an extensive archive of procurement guides, benchmarking surveys and data, participation at events and one-to-one networking opportunities with peers. CASME is headquartered in the UK with offices in the USA, Asia and Australasia. 

As an influential professional body, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) promotes and maintains high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among procurement and supply chain professionals. CIPS offers five qualifications to support professional development in procurement and supply. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced and Professional diplomas and in conjunction with three years' experience in a role of responsibility in procurement and supply, you may apply for full membership of CIPS to use the designatory letters, MCIPS. CIPS Knowledge includes resources on procurement topics and skills, commodities and categories, and tools and templates, in addition to CIPS TV and the CIPS official magazine, Supply Management. CIPS for Business provides performance, capability, and compliance offerings, including the CIPS Sustainability Index, The Purchasing Manger's Index, the ROSMA Performance Check, and the CIPS Risk Index.

The Coalition for Government Procurement is a voice for commercial service and product companies selling in the federal market. For more than 35 years, the Coalition has brought together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common sense acquisition. Members have access to the latest federal compliance and policy information that is critical to a successful Federal business.

Core is a non-partisan, member-driven association with a mission to help organizations engaged in managing service arrangements of all kinds, succeed in capturing value from those arrangements. Service arrangements can range from a simple procurement arrangement to a complex multi-provider international agreement. No matter the scope, complexity or geographies involved, Core helps organizations be better prepared, better informed, and better educated.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), started in 1963, is a professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management. Members receive practical, “how to” solutions on the industry’s hot topics via publications, professional education, networking opportunities, and cutting-edge research. CSCMP is a prolific publisher of research reports, books, surveys and serials. Examples of key publications include Case Studies, Core Guide series, State of Logistics Report, Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Quarterly, and the Logistics Manager's Index. SCPro is the three-level certification program offered by CSCMP.

The Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS) was founded in 2006 by Brian Slobodow and Russ Stewart, with the belief that the ability to share best practices would be beneficial to the Contract Manufacturing & Packaging (CM&P) industry. Members consist of a mix of customers (branded marketers), suppliers, and advisors. F4SS was formed on five core values: Trust, Collaboration, Inclusion, Continuous Improvement, and Openness. Members can participate in various initiative teams that offer opportunities to engage and collaborate with industry experts, share best practices, and find solutions to issues facing the strategic sourcing industry. Industry tools offered include SGS Academy, PACT (Partnership Alignment & Collaboration Tool), Business Mediation Network Program, and Supplier Navigator for Supplier Search.

The Global Sourcing Association, located in the UK, started 30 years ago and currently has corporate members that represent these categories: buyers, suppliers and support service companies. GSA describes itself as being the pre-eminent promoter of sourcing. The Knowledge Centre offers a collection of reports, industry research and best practice guides, as well as the Global Sourcing Standard, which provides detailed information on sourcing strategies. GSA's training program offers training courses for all levels of experience for outsourcing professionals. 

The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) provides advisory, research and benchmarking services, and worldwide training for contracts, commercial and relationship management professionals. Commercial and Contract Management (CCM) Certification, and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Certification are offered. Resources include tools, templates, articles, news, and discussions relating to the entire contract lifecycle. Publications include the news-focused Contracting Excellence Journal, the Commitment Matters blog, and the academic Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation (JSCAN). The Resource Library is comprehensive and allows members to access to IACCM's high quality content.

The International Institute for Advanced Purchasing & Supply (IIAPS) is a not- for-profit organization founded in 2009 and is dedicated to raising international standards in purchasing and supply management. Candidates, to attain full professional membership, must successfully complete the Institute’s International Green, Red, and Black Belts in Advanced Purchasing and Supply. IIAPS provides competence assessment and benchmarking tools, in addition to supporting research and organizing events to share best practices. The ICA Index allows for assessing and benchmarking individual competencies in purchasing and supply chain management. The PSCM Index provides a comparative assessment and benchmark of the current performance of organizational processes and systems in purchasing and supply chain management.

Founded in 1915, the highly influential and respected Institute for Supply Management (ISM) was the first supply management institute in the world. ISM executes and extends its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, and information dissemination. Key publications include ISM Report on Business, and Inside Supply Management. Members have access to an extensive database of information, articles, tools, and resources, including the ROSMA Performance Check and the Supplier Risk Index, which helps in identifying potential supply disruptions. ISM offers two certification programs: Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD). Also offered is the ISM Mastery Model which customizes a combination of programs and training choices to meet proficiency gaps. CAPS Research offers research and benchmark studies. In addition to the national association, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, there are many active local ISM chapters located in major cities.

Started in the 1920's, NAEP is a non-profit professional association primarily dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers in the U.S. and Canada, with over 1,000 colleges and universities as members. NAEP provides progressive knowledge management and offers Analytics, RFP Process, Contract management and Supplier Diversity Institutes. National, regional, and specific interest exchanges provide communication vehicles for members. Publications include Educational Procurement Journal and NAEP Pulse.

NASPO is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States and helps its members achieve success as public procurement leaders through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies. NASPO, in collaboration with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, formed the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), which awards the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designations. 

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is a leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management, both in the private and public sectors, and in the buying and selling worlds. Members have access to Contract Management magazine, Journal of Contract Management, Contract Management News, professional certification programs, webinars, e-courses, and networking opportunities. Certifications awarded by NCMA are: Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM). 

Started in 1944, the NIGP supports the public procurement profession through educational and research programs, professional support, technical services and advocacy initiatives. Resources include the NIGP library, sourcing and management tools, principles and practices of public procurement, peer networks, publications and more. Key research publications include the NIGP Compensation Study Report and NIGP Local Government Entity Sustainable Procurement Study. Government Procurement is NIGP's official magazine and is a leading resource for the public procurement community. The NIGP sponsors the academic Journal of Public Procurement (JoPP), which explores public procurement theories and practices. 

NLPA (Next Level Purchasing Association) was founded by Charles Dominick in 2000 and helps clients establish and utilize procurement best practices. Organizations from more than 100 countries have enrolled their purchasing professionals in the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Program and online procurement training. Next Level Purchasing is the provider of the SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3, and SPSM Level 4 certifications. the NLPA Library provides access to authoritative tools, templates, scorecards, checklists, and procurement reports. 

Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex is a collaborative platform that shares supply chain data for the purpose of analyzing ethical assessments, action plans and corrective actions, and to track progress over time. For buyers, a variety of reporting tools enables you to keep track of your suppliers’ performance. The core product allows members to store, share and report on information in four key areas: Labor Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment, and Business Ethics. 

SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) was founded in 1991 and provides thought leadership, training and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement, outsourcing, shared services and global business services from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. SIG blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms together to share best practices and thought leadership. The Resource Center provides a wealth of information for members , including presentations, whitepapers, tools, templates, and research. A large number of networking events and training opportunities are offered including, but not limited to, SIG Global Summits, which are 4-day events, one day SIGnature Events, and SIG University, which is a flexible, 24/7 online certification curriculum for those looking to increase their sourcing skills and knowledge. 


The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council launched in July 2013 and develops programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. SPLC provides excellent market research on Supplier Sustainability Ratings and indicates which third-party suppliers are best for evaluating supplier sustainability across an entire supply base. SPLC’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing is a comprehensive handbook that helps organizations understand and optimize the environmental, social, and economic performance of its purchasing. SPLC BENCHMARK enables organizations to assess their own sustainable purchasing activities and benchmark the maturity of their activities against other organizations. Building on SPLC’s PrinciplesGuidance, and training programs, is SPLC’s Rating System for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. To date, the UPPCC has certified over 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada, but in other nations around the globe. The UPPCC programs are designed specifically for government procurement professionals and only those individuals who have government specific procurement experience are eligible.

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