How Should Procurement Tackle Supplier Diversity? Lessons from the ISM Summit [PRO]

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In February, the Institute for Supply Management held its national Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta, which covered a range of issues facing procurement and supplier diversity, but it had a particularly strong focus on HR issues, perhaps because those are near and dear to ISM’s mission around training organizations and individual practitioners to perform better. We usually hear about various aspects of HR issues at most procurement events – e.g. lack of training, retention difficulties, rotating people across functions, developing a “sales” mindset and more are all evergreen topics, all over the world. The heavy HR component at the ISM event surprised me a little, and I’ll share my thoughts on why.

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