A disciplined group of individuals who adhere to ethical standards.

This group positions itself as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of knowledge derived from research, education and training at a high level, and is recognised by the public as such.

A profession is also prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others.


A member of a profession.

Professionals are governed by codes of ethics, and profess commitment to competence, integrity and morality, altruism, and the promotion of the public good within their expert domain.

Professionals are accountable to those served and to society.


Comprises the personally held beliefs about one’s own conduct as a professional.

It is often linked to the upholding of the principles, laws, ethics and conventions of a profession as a way of practice.


 The pattern of how a profession develops, as well as the process of becoming a profession.

Supply Chain Management

With a clear vision towards developing a professional supply chain community, ASCI defines Supply Chain Management as follows:

"Supply Chain Management is a 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"