We come to work wanting to do as much good in our world as we can by crafting and maintaining great health supply chain software.
This was true when we first started 20 years ago, and it continues to be true today.
mSupply and Sustainable Solutions
The organisation that was originally set up to look after mSupply is Sustainable Solutions (an incorporated company). Both mSupply and Sustainable Solutions are still going strong.
The mSupply Foundation is the next step in our quest to do as much good in our world as we can.
Open mSupply is a new version of mSupply that we are developing as open source and free. The mSupply Foundation is the owner of Open mSupply.
The mSupply Foundation is a not-for-profit trust, registered under the laws of New Zealand. It is baked into our trust deed that all profits go back to our charitable purpose. This means that there are no competing demands with shareholders’ profit objectives.
The mSupply Foundation is governed by a board. This means that our sustainability isn’t tied up with share ownership. We want our board to reflect the deep commitment our team has to doing a great job and provide outside expertise to enrich what we do. We’re committing to having gender balance on both our external and internal board by the end of 2020.
There is no denying it – we love software! It’s a combination of art and science, and provides a great outlet to express the gift of creativity we were given.
However, we also want to make products that make a difference in our world. We get much more excited by products that help provide better healthcare or information than we do about products that just make more money for a company.
We’re only interested in solutions that really benefit our clients and communities. That won’t happen unless the people, the motivation, and basic infrastructure are in place alongside the software. Our ethos means we are honest about these things, and will not proceed with projects that are unlikely to succeed, even if they are likely to be profitable.
We believe relationships have priority over production. We value our staff, clients, suppliers, even government officials, as people rather than just what they can do for us. We care a lot about honesty and integrity in all that we do.
The purpose of The mSupply Foundation is to do as much good in the world as it possibly can. Its chosen area of service is to develop and implement systems that improve people’s health in the developing world.
Develop and implement software for health supply chains and other health systems as the Foundation deems necessary.
Seek to partner with in-country organisations to grow and strengthen local capacity.
Provide consulting and training to ensure that our systems provide the most benefit they possibly can in the countries that use them.
Support research that investigates how systems can best improve health outcomes.
Develop and promote ways of working that minimise the negative impacts of health supply chain operations on the natural world.
Provide other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose.