International Affiliates


PISM is an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) based in Arizona, USA. Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Managementâ„¢ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM’s mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM’s membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

For 16 years, PISM conducted the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Review and Exam Program that has helped define and prove the value of purchasing and supply chain management.

As the profession evolves and becomes increasingly linked to every business process at every organizational level, PISM offers the profession’s most rigorous qualification, the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM). The internationally relevant designation includes the expanded components of supply management, such as strategic sourcing, logistics, social responsibility and risk compliance issues.


The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 43 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide. Within this circle, about 200,000 Purchasing Professionals can be reached. IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favorably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented International Organization, registered in Aarau, Switzerland.


APLF was established in November of 1995 by logistics organizations from countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since its establishment in November of 1995 in Tokyo, APLF has held four General Assembly sessions every two years; the 1st General Assembly was held in Beijing in 1997, the 2nd General Assembly was held in Sydney in 1999, the 3rd General Assembly was held in Singapore in 2001 and the 4th General Assembly was held in Seoul in 2003 , and the 4th General Assembly was held in Tokyo, 2005.

The participating countries are Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.


The Singapore Institute of Materials Management (SIMM) was incorporated in 1980 as a non-profit and self-supporting independent educational institution, with quality as its corporate emphasis. SIMM has since grown to be a premier institution offering Logistics, Supply chain Management and E-commerce education for the industry training professionals and assisting also in the conversion of manpower for personnel not in the Logistics and Procurement field or industry.

The primary objective of the Institute is to establish and to maintain a high standard of knowledge and excellence in the field of Logistics and Procurement. The secondary objective is to promote and foster the study, research and development on Logistics and Materials Management on all aspects from Purchasing and Supply Chain Management to applying latest E-commerce technology and practices to the field of Logistics and Purchasing.

Besides conducting various degrees, diplomas, advanced diplomas and certificates, SIMM is also actively providing practical training through workshops, in-house programs and seminars to upgrade professional knowledge and experience of members and corporate companies staff. SIMM also organises regional Conference such as the Asia Pacific Logistics Conference (APLF) and is also a representative lead organiser for the Procurement Event for the bi-annual Globaltronics International Electronics gathering.

SIMM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (IFPMM). SIMM also works with the authorities and various government bodies such as IE Singapore (International Enterprise) and Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore in various projects in the areas of Logistics and Procurement to further advance the interests of the industry and country development.

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