From Our CEO
Harnessing the Power of Supply Chain
By ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE
At ASCM, we know the world of supply chain is bigger than boxes stacked in a warehouse and containers crossing an ocean. Supply chains are evolving at an extraordinary rate, reaching everyone and everything. This is why it is more essential than ever before to make an impact by fulfilling our responsibility to create a better world through supply chain.
As the global authority in supply chain, ASCM is uniquely positioned to set the pace of change and positively shape the world in which we live for people everywhere. People are at the heart of everything ASCM does, which is why I’m so excited to announce that we are launching the ASCM Foundation.
A recent Forbes article describes the ways in which this new philanthropic channel of ASCM is taking ambitious new actions in collaboration with corporations, nonprofits and private foundations in order to address pressing global challenges. We are mobilizing supply chain communities, skilled leaders and visionary partners, introducing opportunity and solving critical problems that affect countless lives.
The Foundation leverages ASCM offerings and the APICS body of knowledge — the global standard in professional development for 60 years — to launch and expand a set of bold, strategic initiatives that draw on the power of supply chains. Priorities include
- building frontier and humanitarian supply chains that support Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa as they enhance the capabilities of industry professionals and country-based communities of practice to give people consistent and affordable access to food, medicine, vaccines and other life essentials
- providing K-12 supply chain, STEM and career awareness opportunities that educate and engage future supply chain professionals and address the skills shortage
- developing diversity and inclusion initiatives that ensure people of all profiles and backgrounds can do meaningful work, share perspectives and succeed in supply chain careers
- amplifying supply chain workforce development, including career training, supply chain certification resources and content development with academic institutions in order to put people on a meaningful path toward high-quality, rewarding jobs.
This is just the beginning of the supply chain transformation that ASCM and its Foundation can bring forth. With your organization’s support, the possibilities are truly boundless. Please help us by introducing the ASCM Foundation to decision-makers and encouraging them to become our partners. Connect us with your corporate social responsibility executive. Help us access other corporate, nonprofit and private foundation leaders.
ASCM stands ready to move forward, maximizing our industry-leading perspectives and initiatives in order to enact real change. Your organization can play a critical role in helping us harness the power of supply chains to create a better world.