ISM-Memphis Diversity Program

Our vision is that ISM-Memphis, Inc members will embrace the principles of diversity in regards to affiliate membership, minority and women's business development, and future Supply Chain management professionals.

The mission of the Diversity Program is to educate, motivate and provide leadership to ISM-Memphis, Inc. in support of recruiting diverse members, minority/women's business initiatives, and promotion of the supply chain management field as a career.



  1. Encourage diversity within ISM-Memphis, Inc.
  2. Proactively promote purchasing from, and the development of, socially diverse suppliers within the supply management and sourcing processes of our members
  3. Proactively promote diverse practices throughout supply chain management, beginning with our members and their employers, and local Colleges and Universities in the Memphis area.

Resource Links

Diversity Central  Resources for cultural diversity at work. Web site includes statistics on a number of diverse groups

Diversity Resources, Inc. provides information and training materials on diversity and multicultural issues in the workplace.

Diversity Training Group Provides workshops; comprehensive solutions; and realistic, proven methods for organizational change. The Web site includes a list of articles.

Diversity Web Compendium of campus practices and resources about diversity in higher education, designed to serve campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy's educational and societal mission.

DiversityLink Links diversity professionals with proactive employers who are committed to diversity in the workplace.

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is a government agency dedicated to the elimination of illegal discrimination in the workplace. provides information on employment discrimination, affirmative action, corporate diversity, and glass ceiling.

Diversity Memphis Talks about diversity in Memphis


Mid-South Minority Business Council - Memphis


Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council 

Institute for Supply Management

Official Position Statement


Official Position Statement:


ISM believes diversity is important for the growth and success of supply management programs throughout the world. All organizations should value and respect various individual viewpoints, backgrounds, strengths, and contributions in supply management recruiting, staffing, training, sourcing, and supplier relationships.




Diversity - an organization’s effort to include different categories of suppliers in its sourcing processes. Diversity is inclusive of the similarities and differences of all individuals, organizations, and suppliers, as well as the ways to address the opportunities and challenges that arise from those differences and similarities.


Supply management - the identification, acquisition, access, positioning, and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives.


Business affirmative action - the process of ensuring that businesses owned by minorities, women, and other disadvantaged persons are considered in an organization’s purchasing activities.


Culture - the unique way of life of a group of people.

Cultural adaptation - the process of adjusting to another culture.

Cultural sensitivity - attunement to the nuances of another culture.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) - any legal entity, organized to engage in commercial transactions, that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more minority persons who are American citizens. Ownership in the organization must be real, substantial, and continuing.

To view the ISM Principles of Sustainability and Social Responsibility with Guidelines to Adoption and Implementation, click here.

This link is to a list of commodities that our members purchase. If your company provides any of these items, our membership would be interested in knowing. For the list of commodities, click here.

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