Playing the Devil’s Advocate…

Tatiana Stotz, an international lawyer and our new IMPA-ACT Programme Manager, will be answering the tough questions about IMPA-ACT and why your company cannot afford to miss the boat on Responsible Supply Chain Management.
Playing the Devil’s Advocate…
Tatiana Stotz, IMPA-ACT Programme Manager

What is IMPA-ACT and how is this different to IMPA?

The International Maritime Purchasing Association, or IMPA, represents the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping, promoting close co-operation and understanding between buyers and suppliers in the industry. One of the key events that IMPA runs is its annual conference and exhibition, IMPA London.

IMPA-ACT is an IMPA programme that was launched at IMPA London 2013. IMPA-ACT is a complete Responsible Supply Chain Management system designed for the Shipping industry. IMPA-ACT Membership benefits include:

1) The ‘IMPA-ACT Toolbox’, a 6-step complete system to implement Responsible Supply Chain Management within your company’s value chain;

2) Access to the ‘IMPA-ACT Resource Center’, an on-line learning and resource centre that provides a stream of updated information, a database of companies working with IMPA ACT- tracking of their progress, case studies, reports and other information and material.

If it’s not mandatory, why would I join?

This is a common question that I encounter and has two elements: a company’s responsibility internally and a company’s responsibility for its suppliers.

Your company probably already has some processes to meet its mandatory duties towards labour rights, anti-corruption, and the environment. For example, your employment contracts, and policies on Human Resources and Occupational Health & Safety would impact labour rights and are probably in response to governmental or international regulation.

Beyond strict mandatory regulation, there is an expectation that businesses act responsibility (engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR). Part of acting responsibly is ensuring that businesses in your value chain are acting responsibly (engaging in Responsible Supply Chain Management).

There are many ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ benefits to engaging in CSR and Responsible Supply Chain Management, including:

1) Assisting you in meeting the minimum standard of mandatory regulation and international expectations on labour rights, anti-corruption, and the environment; 
2) Identifying areas of cost savings and efficiencies, particularly in relation to environmental impacts;
3) Minimising risks internally and externally, particularly in relation to your company’s reputation; and

4) Building better relationships with suppliers and external stakeholders.

What IMPA-ACT offers is a complete Responsible Supply Chain Management system tailored for the Shipping Industry. It provides processes to meet the minimum international expectations placed on businesses relating to their impacts on society, anti-corruption, and the environment.

How much extra work is this going to cause me?

IMPA-ACT is extremely practical and provides a step-by-step guide to CSR and Responsible Supply Chain Management. For example, a draft Supplier Code of Conduct and template cover letters are provided for engagement. As such, both a Purchasing Manager for small supplier and CSR Manager for a large buyer would be able to use IMPA-ACT for Responsible Supply Chain Management.

It is important that your company supports a commitment to Responsible Supply Chain Management and allows some time and resources to be dedicated for its proper implementation. That said, it is understandable that these things take time and will not happen overnight.

IMPA-ACT takes into account the potential resource and time constraints our members have in implementing Responsible Supply Chain Management. Therefore, IMPA-ACT provides the step-by-step processes and guidance to implement these changes at your own pace.

Sounds interesting and I’d like to know a bit more about how IMPA-ACT might work for my company. What should I do?

For more information about IMPA-ACT or to join today, visit For questions and enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on or +44 (0) 1206 798900.


by Tom Holmes

Marine Trader Editor

Tom Holmes is the Editor of Marine Trader and, the official publications of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to Marine Trader please get in touch.

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