Our Values as IMPA Members

Competence - We continuously develop our competencies, sharing knowledge and experience.

Respect - We act with respect towards the ideas of others and listen to opinions. We respect the need for balance and provide room for diversity.

Entrepreneurship - We are innovative and creative. We face challenges by seeing opportunities. We face and solve conflicts together.

Accountability - We are reliable, responsible and honest in our actions. We keep our promises.

Team spirit - We are all representatives of IMPA. We depend on each other and we lead by example.

Enthusiasm - We take pride in what we do, we share our enthusiasm and are dynamic in attitude.


Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to promote and facilitate co-operation and understanding between purchasers and suppliers in the global maritime business; to create, develop and support standards within the industry in order to provide value to our members; and to enhance and promote the art and science of marine purchasing in all applied forms in order to increase the status of the association's members. Our vision is to be a leading industry organisation providing real value to members.

Our History

IMPA was formed in 1978 by a group of senior purchasing executives who wanted to create an industry 'voice' to represent the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping and promote close co-operation and understanding between buyer and supplier. Over the past four decades, the Association has grown significantly and now represents close to 1000 members from across the world; ship-owners, -operators and -managers account for purchaser members and manufacturers and ship suppliers make up supplier members.

The Association is run by a council of individuals from both the purchasing and supply side. The council is responsible for directing the duties of the Secretariat and formulating the strategy for the Association. The day-to-day operation of the Association is run by a contracted administration office based 50 miles east of the city of London, represented by Stephen Alexander, IMPA Secretary General and COO.

Members of the council are not paid for their role within the council and the Association is run primarily as a 'not-for-profit' organisation seeking to benefit members and their organisations through the creation of industry initiatives and products and services.