Sustainable Procurement through Digitisation – A Socially Responsible Way to Create Business Value
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have made companies reflect on the footprint they leave on society. Being a socially responsible company encompasses more than ever before, since the environmental, social and economic impacts of an organisation and its products or services are analysed throughout their end-to-end life cycle.
For many firms, the greatest opportunities for environmental and social impact are in the supply chain. For this reason, the procurement department is key to the creation of value from sustainability initiatives. It is also vital to understand how the digitisation of procurement is a key enabler for best practice in sustainability – and the return on investment for both technology and sustainability actions are often closely linked.
Watch this on-demand webinar to hear from experts on:
- How to engage stakeholders in the supply chain related sustainability initiatives
- How to incorporate sustainability issues into core procurement policies, processes and practices
- The benefits of digitising procurement and how this links to supply chain sustainability.
This webinar is in association with Executive Leaders Network.
Meet the Panellists
Peter Smith, Business Author & Managing Director, Procurement Excellence
After graduating from Cambridge University, Peter started his procurement career at Mars Confectionery, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a Senior Adviser to the UK National Audit Office and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organisations and a growing private firm. He founded his consulting firm, Procurement Excellence Ltd. in 2004 and from 2010-18 he was Managing Editor of the Spend Matters Europe website, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. His first co-authored book, (with Fiona Czerniawska), “Buying Professional Services” was published by The Economist Books in 2010. A second book, “A Procurement Compendium” was published in 2019, and Penguin Business published his latest book in October 2020. “Bad Buying – How Organisations Waste Billions Through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups” lifts the lid on some amazing global stories of disaster in the business (and public sector) world!
Justin Sadler-Smith, SVP Northern Europe, JAGGAER
With 20+ years in the Supply Chain and Procurement Technology space, Justin has a wealth of experience across multiple vendors. He has a deep knowledge of how technology can be successfully leveraged combined with a view of the common pitfalls leading to a poor return on investment. Procurement and the evolving strategic role the function has in driving ethical and sustainable buying are a passion for him and he is also a regular contributor as a keynote speaker at Procurement events in the UK.
Hannele Palje-Rossi, Head of Transparent Supply Chain, Stora Enso
Experienced Business Development and Delivery Director with a track record of success and experience in the Private Sector, Central and devolved Government within National and International contexts. Experienced in delivering transformational commercial change in challenging environments and within global contexts. Credible and entrepreneurial Board-level senior leader with both technical expertise and strong personal influencing skills. Successful coach and mentor to achieve and sustain robust team skills and capability enhancements.
Jim Massey, Global Sustainability Executive
Global Sustainability Executive leading with purpose and unafraid to act and do the right thing. Most recently, as VP Global Sustainability at AstraZeneca (AZ), Jim built the company’s first sustainability program, Lead with Health, that led to AZ’s recognition as one of Corporate Knight’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the past four years.