The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management is the union of 42 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide.
Within this circle, about 200,000 Purchasing Professionals can be reached.
IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented International Organization, registered in Aarau, Switzerland.
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.
The term procurement is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing.
IFPSM Organisational Structure
IFPSM Officers President:
- IFPSM Council
- IFPSM Executive Committee
- IFPSM Regional Groups
- International Committees
- IFPSM Secretariat (
Mr. Rick Grimm, USA Deputy President:
Dr. Giovanni ATTI, ItalyPresident Elect: Treasurer:
Mr. Arnold Bachofner, SwitzerlandPast President:
Mr. Richard Moras, India IFPSM Strategic Plan Update 2003Strategic Intent 1
Develop a collaborative learning network to help IFPMM member associations get better at what they do and what they could and should do. Share information and best practices and common needs and goals and engage in knowledge exchange. #1 Goal:
Conduct a learning network evaluation/analysis on the three topics identified at the May 2001 Council Meeting:
- Membership recruitment and retention
- Use of technology for members
- Educational programs
Establish and publish IFPMM Standards for the following topics
- Purchasing Managers Index
Develop mutual recognition of the Competency and Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply. Strategic Intent 2
Encourage/facilitate member associations to work together to set up IFPMM relationships with other multi-national bodies. Establish specific objectives for establishing the relationship and monitor ongoing benefits. Use the following criteria to select other multi-national bodies to be contacted:
- Define benefits to both parties
- Define the type of relationship desired i.e. customer, supplier, allies etc.
- Ensure sufficient resources and member associations see and agree on the benefits
The initial list of multi-national bodies to be contacted are:
- The World Bank
- International Trade Centre
- The World Trade Organisation
- International Chamber of Commerce
- European Union
- International Purchasing & Supply Education & Research Association (IPSERA)
Refine the Core Presentation to provide member associations with a common communication tool that defines IFPSM. Strategic Intent 3
Develop a network of member associations operating within IFPSM that is as extensive and effective as possible.#1 Goal:
Promote active participation from current member associations; encourage existing national associations to join IFPSM. #2 Goal:
Develop new IFPMM member associations to represent countries or areas where no association exist and support them within the IFPSM network.#3 Goal:
Provide assistance in the establishment of the Purchasing Managers Index in new countries as requested. #4 Goal:
Continue to support the World Congress, and the Summer & Winter Schools to promote the profession.Financial Status
IFPSM is funded by the annual membership fees of its member associations as well as support coming from funds and sponsorship. The IFPSM 'Hans Ovelgönne Fund', which was donated by the first President of the Federation, has been a main source of research and development activities for the Purchasing profession. IFPSM History
The IFPMM was founded on 13-14 May 1974, at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, UK, as the European Federation of Purchasing (EFP) and the International Federation of Purchasing (IFP) merged. As a result of this merger the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (IFPSM) was created. The first 'council' meeting was held over the same period and the late Mr Hans Ovelgönne from Germany was elected as the first International President. The 'founders' were 26 National Associations, coming from 24 countries on 4 continents. http://www.ifpmm.org/