SAPICS is the Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Africa
SAPICS has taken the bold step to professionalise the Supply Chain Management profession in South Africa by taking on the role of the professional body for supply chain management. Having served the profession for 50 years it is well placed to provide the services of the professional body that will see it uplift the level of supply chain management as a profession as well as the practices and people within it. It will also assist us in fostering relationships with government to assist in addressing strategic imperatives which relate to economic transformation for South Africa.
As the Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, SAPICS aims to not only regulate but advance supply chain standards and practices across the continent. Through the designation of individuals, SAPICS will increase supply chain management competence, knowledge and skills, and industry professionals will have prescribed values and ethics to uphold. The ongoing professional development required to maintain designations will ensure that African supply chain management keeps pace with global best practice, so that optimised supply chains can drive the competitiveness and growth of African businesses.
Why do we need a professional body?
Supply chain is one of the largest professions spanning across all industries from Pharmaceutical, humanitarian logistics, retail, FMCG, Mining, Oil and Gas, government and virtually every single sector and it’s global. Supply chain management as a profession is unregulated in terms of competence, skill and ethics.
The SAPICS designations will legitimise the role of supply chain professionals, raising the career profile and improving the image of the profession of supply chain management for succession planning and talent management moving forward.
What does professional designation mean for the public?
In a country that is struggling economically and faced with obstinate challenges with corruption, supply chain management as a profession that touches every industry and across the breadth of a business has a pivotal role to play in developing a framework of professionalism that will assist us in driving out corruption and developing our economy. The professional body will ensure:
•Accountability of the Individual
•Accountability of the Company
•Recourse to a Professional Body
•A Public Compact
•A logical Code of Ethics
The Processor Practitioner designation is already available, and the Chartered Supply Chain Professional designation will be available during the upcoming months.