ASCI Initiative

ASCI Initiative

Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced its plan to facilitate supply chain management professional status in Australasia under the ASCI Initiative. The ASCI Initiative reflects ASCI’s enhanced value proposition to facilitate and enable the development and professionalisation of the Australasian Supply Chain Community.

Whilst many of the ASCI Initiative elements are well underway, others require specialist review panels within various programs outlined below. These panels will provide the foundation required to pave the way for the professionalisation of supply chain management.

ASCI Constitution

The ASCI Board has commenced a review of the ASCI Constitution to enable a more balanced and clearer structure towards the professionalisation initiative.  The key considerations in this review will focus on universal suffrage of its members, a more flexible approach to the use of technology in its member offerings, a full compliant ethics management program and stronger continuation of board representation.

ASCI Body of Knowledge

The ASCI Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge (SCMBoK) Framework provides an outline of the areas of knowledge required to undertake the multidisciplinary management approach towards the cost-effective availability, both physically and operationally, of goods and services, against information and funds, through the optimisation and integration of the capacities, interfaces, processes and functions across and between major business functions and processes both within and among companies, such to maximise customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The descriptions give an overview of each area within Supply Chain Management and, when taken together, define a generally accepted view of the scope of Supply Chain Management as a field of study. As Supply Chain Management is a dynamic field, the framework will evolve over time to reflect changing perceptions and incorporate new approaches as their usage becomes prevalent.

Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge Technical Review Panel is currently underway to develop, review and maintain the Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge to support aligning education programs. For expressions of interest to join the Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge Technical Review Panel, email knowledge@asci.org.au. Panelists must be current ASCI Members. To become an ASCI member, visit our membership page on our website for the full list of benefits.

ASCI Ethics Management Program

ASCI has a duty to provide guidance to its stakeholders and members on the standards of behaviour and ethical conduct with respect to membership in ASCI. Members are obliged to comply with the ASCI Code of Ethics to uphold the integrity of the profession, the industry and ASCI as a whole.

This ASCI Code of Ethics sets out what the clients, employers and sponsors can expect from the supply chain manager, in either a supply chain management, training or supervisory relationship and should form the starting point for any contract agreed.

ASCI is currently developing procedures for enforcing its Code of Ethics, to promote ethical behaviour and eliminate unethical behaviour. The enforcement procedures will provide a process for receiving, investigating and adjudicating allegations of a breach of the Code, with the objective to engage in a process that is fair, responsible and confidential.

ASCI is currenly seeking expressions of interest to join the ASCI Ethics Review Panel to review and oversee the maintenance of the ASCI Code of Ethics and develop a Professional Integrity Management System. To apply, email Ethics Review Panel - email ethics@asci.org.au. Panelists must be current members of the ASCI community. To become an ASCI member, visit our membership page on our website for the full list of benefits. 

ASCI Risk Assessment

Supply chains are often subject to external risks such as disruption i.e. natural risks (floods, pandemics, earthquakes, severe storms), social (terrorism, civil disorder) or technical failures such as power disruptions. However, there are risks where companies can be held liable for their supply chain partners’ mistakes. A defective or inherently dangerous product or part can cause liability issues for its designer, manufacturer, shipper, wholesale distributor, retail seller and installer, who are collaboratively and jointly responsible. In fact, even though a seller has exercised all possible care in the preparation and sale of the product, it can still be held responsible. Wholesalers or finished product manufacturers can be sued by an injured third party individually or together with any or all other parties involved in bringing the product to market and selling it to the consumer. Getting a better understanding of these risks will allow ASCI to support not only its members, but also the broader supply chain industry regarding risk management across the supply chain.

ASCI is currently seeking expressoons of interest to join the ASCI Risk Review Panel to review the historical risk profile of the “Profession” and the contribution supply chain management makes to business at large. Results from this study will become the basis for establishing a Professional Indemnity Scheme. Interest can be posted to the ASCI Risk Review Panel via risk@asci.org.au. Panelists must be current members of the ASCI community. To become an ASCI member, visit our membership page on our website for the full list of benefits. 

ASCI Tertiary Course Endorsement

ASCI will soon begin with invitations to tertiary education institutions to apply for course endorsements. Education institutions who carries official ASCI Tertiary Course Endorsement will enjoy the reputational value of being associated with the leading professional supply chain management community in Australasia. Courses will be listed on the ASCI website and exposed to not only to the entire membership base, but also to anyone with an interest in Supply Chain Management. The purpose of tertiary course endorsement is to distinguish supply chain management courses and education institutions who meet the requirements of the Supply Chain Body of Knowledge, industry standard and expectations in supply chain management, whereby the supply chain management profession is being enhanced. The course endorsement will allow education institutions to receive access to knowledge and experience of the independent supply chain management industry experts, which will contribute to ongoing professional relevance. ASCI tertiary course endorsement will help education institutions to promote their supply chain management courses by providing them with a recognisable ASCI logo and adding endorsed courses on the ASCI Endorsed Course Register. Course endorsement will enhance credibility of the individual courses and will indicate appropriate supply chain management course relevance to students who are choosing a supply chain management career.

ASCI Approved University Programs

Universities who successfully complete the ASCI Approved Degree Program application process for Supply Chain Management Degrees, by meeting the set criteria, will demonstrate that their program offers students a curriculum that is in alignment with the ASCI SCMBoK.