The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 48 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide.Within this circle, about 250,000 Purchasing Professionals can be reached.
IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favourably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices.
The term procurement is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing.
IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented International Organization.
IFPSM is recognized as the international federation that facilitates the development and sharing of the practice of the purchasing and supply management profession, wherever it is practiced, through our network of member organizations.
To increase the ability of IFPSM’s network of member organizations to be more effective in serving our members and the profession.
Our Core Values
Dedicated to the service of our member associations.
A conviction that ethics lies at the heart of the profession of purchasing and supply management.
Ready and willing to work in partnership with other organizations that share our objectives and core values.
Commitment to methods of working which are non-bureaucratic and respect the sovereignty of our member associations. Specifically:
- Not doing centrally those things which can be better done by member associations.
- Recognizing that IFPSM statements in fields such as ethics will normally be produced as models for member associations to use as a basis for their own standards and procedures.
Striving to build consensus and to resolve differences between us in a constructive manner, including:
- Maintaining a working environment that is conducive to member associations working together.
- Understanding that member associations may be at the same time allies, customers, suppliers, and competitors and that this may pose difficulties when one member association is working in the country of another. In such situations member associations are asked, as far as domestic and international law and regulations allow, to:
- Keep each other informed of their activities.
- Avoid criticism of a fellow member association in sales and marketing processes and materials.
- Professional Development
- Global Education and Training
- Membership Development
- Public Relation and Publications
- Certification Programmes
- Research Centers
- World Summits and Regional Conferences
- Federation Awards
IFPSM Strategic Plan 2016 – 2019
On March 10 2016, the leadership of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) met in Vancouver, Canada to develop a strategic plan to guide the work of the organization over the course of the coming three-year planning horizon. In addition to identifying a clear strategic direction for IFPSM, members of the board also sought to be innovative in identifying new strategies and approaches that would truly enhance the value IFPSM offers its member-organizations.
It was important that the needs and realties of IFPSM’s broader membership influenced the direction and priorities of the organization. Accordingly, in preparation for the strategic planning development process, IFPSM internally conducted brief survey designed to gather feedback from the membership about what the organization is doing well, where it needs to improve as well as to update IFPSM’s understanding of the trends, issues and challenges facing the membership in 2016.
The strategies are the broad approaches that will support IFPSM as it addresses the realities of its internal and external environment. The group prioritized the identified strategies and established objectives for those initiatives to be undertaken first.
Activity Area 1: Membership
- Increase Facilitation and Collaboration
- Increase Effectiveness of IFPSM regions (maturity of members, RVP role)
- Sponsorship Program
- Start IFPSM PMI
- Create a Knowledge Bank
Activity Area 2: Leadership
- Grow uptake of certification programs (e.g. outsourcing where there is capacity)
- Provide global leadership on SC issues (e.g. sustainability, ethics, anti-corruption etc.)
- Develop a research program leveraging university and research institutes
- After 2017, revisit World Summit to make it a revenue-positive event
Activity Area 3: Networks
- Develop communications package for stakeholders and a mechanism for obtaining value
- Define position on profession issues and establish advocacy platform on each issue (e.g. human rights, healthcare, corruption, etc.)