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Nora P. Neibergall, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., is senior vice president for the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®). Since starting her career with ISM® in 1994, Neibergall has held a number of positions across the organization and now oversees ISM®'s certification and professional standards. The kind of challenge she discusses is covered in ISM®’s CPSM® program.

What would you do? Social Responsibility Factors in Choosing Offshore Suppliers

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Imagine walking into your office and being tasked with a new challenge: finding an offshore supplier in a region from which you don’t usually source.  Once you start, the task gets even harder: you have nagging concerns about social responsibility factors, including health and safety, as well as fair labor practices, even though initial audit results show nothing amiss. How do you select the supplier that provides the cost efficiencies you need, while also ensuring you maintain the high ethical standards of your business – and your profession? What would you do?

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