PISM was founded in 13 November 1968 as a non-stock, non-profit organization. The main purpose is to
provide a forum where purchasing executives can meet to network professionally; discuss, find and
share business solutions to common operational challenges and strategic issues confronting their respective
businesses and/or those of the national economy.
In response to the needs of its members , the association renamed itself in November 21, 1988 as the
“Purchasing and Materials Management Association of the Philippines” (PMMAP) so as to include Materials
Management and Inventory Planning and Control.
Globalization and trade liberalization came about which necessitated another change in the corporate name.
In 30 October 2002, it was officially known as the “Philippine Institute for Supply Management” (PISM) to
fittingly reflect its evolution as the country’s premiere professional association of Supply Management covering
the four pillars of Supply Management: Purchasing; Logistics; Demand & Replenishment; and Customer Service.