Global Sourcing Association
The Global Sourcing Association
The Home of the Global Sourcing Standard


GSA is pleased to present a wide range of products to help your business add value, and to support both the buyer & supplier side of the Sourcing industry.

The GSA Product Portfolio 2019:

Driving value, supporting buyer/ supplier competitive advantage.

Product Description Benefits
GSA Global Soucing Standard and Accreditation

The Standard is a unified end-to-end hub of knowledge and best practice. Buy and supply side organisations use it to assess their status in delivering leading sourcing/supply strategies and relationships.  Accreditation to the Standard recognises an organisation’s level of competence and ability to create the best sourcing/supply relationships.

  • Savings in acquisition costs of 5-12%
  • Savings in cost of sales
  • Strong alignment of buyer/supplier expectations
  • Reducing/removing disputes
  • More efficient governance
  • Improved value throughout contract lifecycles
  • Encourages partnering and mutual benefits
  • Exemplar quality assurance for both customers and suppliers
Relationship workshops Structured workshops delivered by an experienced GSA facilitator, helping the buyer and supplier teams drive the maximum mutual value from their relationships, building positive and collaborative relationships. 
  • Removes barriers
  • Creates aligned joint objectives
  • Encourages innovation
  • Addresses inefficiencies and reduces cost of governance
Consultancy Focused resource from specialist GSA associates, supporting clients to address issues identified ahead of or during accreditation to the GSA Global Sourcing Standard, to maximise the success and value of their relationships.
  • Reduces costs
  • Improves sourcing/service lifecycles 
  • Ensures the success of challenging processes such as transition and transformation
  • Solves inefficiencies
Qualifications Strategic sourcing professionals are in demand.  The GSA qualifications offer those at the start of their careers and established practitioners, the means to develop their skills and support career aspirations.  GSA qualifications, equip sourcing professionals with everything they need to respond to the modern challenges of a career in strategic sourcing. 
  • Students: acquire  the latest skills and expertise, maximising their career prospects
  • Employers:gain assured expertise in strategic sourcing
  • Customer organisations: enjoy suppliers with uniquely qualified professionals committed to excellence in sourcing 
  • Suppliers: with qualified professionals, enhance their professionalism and reputation in the sourcing industry.
Competencies and capabilities A unique framework of common competencies and capabilities covering the entire sourcing industry (including buy and supply side), enabling organisations to identify and develop talent quickly, working to aligned career paths.
  • Attracting talent early in their careers
  • Providing a strong career identity for sourcing professionals 
  • Sustaining talent and staff retention 
  • Consistent and complimentary job roles and job descriptions
Scoping the sourcing function Focused resource from specialist GSA associates, working with clients to ensure their sourcing functions are in step with the business objectives, championing simplicity, and focusing on value creation not just savings.
  • Increased contribution to value creation
  • Improving the responsiveness of the function
  • Enhancing the performance of the function
Context An on-line repository of case studies, templates, guidance and best practice that aligns to the Standard and enables organisations to rapidly achieve their sourcing strategies.
  • Access to leading best practice
  • Real case studies that offer lessons and valuable insights
  • Saves cost & time in obviating the production of new material 
Events A programme of bespoke industry events, providing insights, case studies and thought leadership on new and emerging technologies, disruptors and practices.
  • Access to new and emerging products and strategies 
  • Benchmarking and learnings from early adopters
  • Networking
Community/ Network Linking organisations with common business challenges, to help gain insights and new approaches to common challenges. 
  • Low cost business improvements through knowledge share
  • Benchmarking
  • Opportunities to collaborate on joint initiatives
Summits Major events bringing together industry wide stakeholders, addressing and debating current issues impacting the industry, with contributions from senior industry leaders. 
  • Access to leading advice and best practice
  • Up to date case studies and learnings
  • Networking with peers and counterparts
Awards Industry awards recognising achievements, innovations and leaders in the industry including buying and supply organisations, advisers and supporters of the industry.
  • Raise the organisation’s profile amongst the sourcing elite
  • Impress partners, clients and investors
  • Showcase experience and celebrate team efforts
Insights Data and latest trends and innovations, tracking new and emerging technologies and/or disrupters, with commentary and observations on their application to strategic sourcing.
  • Always up-to-date on issues that can help retain competitiveness
  • Testing and enhancing current strategies
  • New opportunities to create value and strategic advantage
Programmes Tailored initiatives led by GSA associates, focused on a client’s specific requirements, such as up-skilling teams, or developing new strategies.
  • Delivers best practice and the associated benefits more quickly
  • Tailored interventions to maximise outcomes and value
  • Links fully to the best practice prescribed by the Standard
Profiling Organisations and Countries

Showcasing new market entrants and organisations bringing fresh thinking to the industry.

Introducing Countries developing their sourcing industry and the potential benefits to UK clients.    
  • Staying alert to new market entrants that can support the competiveness of your own organisation
  • Discovering new locations and partners
  • Saving costs on market research
The Global Sourcing Association
The Home of the Global Sourcing Standard