The Sacramento Bee

By Trading Partners

October 27, 2011

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — TradingPartners (, the leader in spend management and visibility technology and services, today released research showing the spend management and sustainable supply chain practices of Fortune 100 companies.  The study showed that while almost half of the top public companies cited spend management as a key strategic objective, only four have a Chief Procurement Officer.  The research results also illustrate that:

  • Only 20% of companies have board members with procurement or supply chain backgrounds.
  • The most successful companies have advanced sourcing tools.
  • Companies that include suppliers in their corporate, social and environmental responsibilities (CSER) programs, tend to have a higher net income margin than those who do not.
  • Despite CSER being a success factor for many companies, only seven Fortune 100s have a Chief Sustainability Officer.
  • 35% of CEOs see emerging markets as a key strategic objective, yet only 15% have executives from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries on their senior management team.

The study “Procurement Practices: What Every Company Needs to Know About Spend Management Practices in Fortune 100 Companies” was officially released today in conjunction with TradingPartners’ first annual procurement forum in Chicago.  The event hosts C-level executives focusing on innovation in spend management and visibility, as well as sustainable supply chain best practices.

“Our objective with this research was to determine the best practices in both spend and sustainable supply chain management among the top companies in the country,” said Mark Barnekow, Chief Executive Officer of TradingPartners.  “We were astonished to discover that many companies are not taking full advantage of the tools they have, nor are they making serious commitments at the board or executive level to focus on managing spend.”

A slideshow summary of the study can be found at, while the full version of the research is available on request

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