Next Level Purchasing Association’s definition of Risk, Resilience, and Supply Sustainability Management is:

“A reliable, efficient, cost-effective, collaborative, responsive, agile, risk mitigated, and socially responsible methodology for the procurement of mission-critical inputs that create innovative value to meet customer and organizational requirements with the least possible impact on the environment”.

Source: Next Level Purchasing Association, 2020

The Criteria of Risk, Resilience, and Supply Sustainability Management or Sustainable Procurement:

  • Reliability
  • Efficiency
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Responsiveness
  • Agility
  • Innovative Value Creation
  • Minimal environmental impact
  • Continuity of Supply
  • Visibility

NLPA’s Subject Matter Experts have designed the following robust framework for the realization of the above definition of Risk and Supply Sustainability Management. The model is underpinned by customer | market | business requirements and understanding one’s organizational landscape. The outputs of such an understanding are the formulation of innovative and executed strategies that are engrained in the organizational DNA.

The key is to integrate the Procurement Strategy and Risk Mitigation and Supply Sustainability. Make it strategic not a side issue!

NLPA’s Model for realizing Risk and Supply Sustainability Management


Source: Next Level Purchasing Association, 2020

Process for deploying NLPA’s Model for realizing Risk and Supply Sustainability:

Assemble the Category/Commodity | Risk and Supply Sustainability Team to conduct the following process:

Step 1: Gather Customer | Market | Business – Requirements (Plan Phase)

Step 2: Conduct Environmental Scan (Plan Phase)

Step 3: Develop your Corporate Strategy (Plan Phase

Step 4: Benchmark against Best in Class Supply Chain Sustainability Programs and Standards (Plan Phase)

Step 5: Plan / Develop a Risk and Supply Sustainability Strategy (Plan Phase)

Step 6: Execute Risk Mitigated Sustainable Procure to Pay Process (Do Phase)

Step 7: Execute Risk Mitigated Sustainable Production Processes (Do Phase)

Step 8: Execute Risk Mitigated Sustainable Logistics Processes (Do Phase)

Step 9: Measure Processes (Check Phase)

Step 10: Anchor | Institutional Sustainability Gains & Repeat the Continuous Improvement Cycle (Act Phase)

Note: Enable Best Practices in all process steps

David Millington

David Millington M.Sc.QSM, NPDP, CL6σBB, SPP, SPSM3®, CM® Director of Education (Next Level Purchasing Association) A Certified Strategic Planning Professional, David Millington brings over 18+ years experience in the Strategy Execution, Product / Service Development, Organizational and Supply Chain Excellence Arenas. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional, Certified New Product Development Professional, Certified Strategic Planning Professional, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. David holds a master’s degree in Quality Systems Management, from The National Graduate School of Quality Management, Falmouth MA, USA. This equips him with mastery of vast bodies of knowledge and best practices. David Millington brings hands-on experience at VP, Director, and Manager Levels, guiding and facilitating the development of strategic and tactical solutions to intricate organizational, product, and service challenges.

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