Supplier integrity and rules differ in various regions of the world. Corruption and bribery are still accepted practices in some areas. Procurement professionals in mid-sized or large organizations typically expect to work by a standard set of rules that they do not always find in the supplier community or global market. They must be able to rely on people and processes to create a supplier community that consistently delivers to their company.

A global CPA or CPO who has to manage six countries has a far greater challenge than someone dealing in human resources, manufacturing processes, or distribution and logistics. An executive management team’s greatest challenge is organizing suppliers across multiple languages, countries, laws, regulations, and cultures to create a group that can meet the company’s needs.