COVID-19 reminded the world that highly efficient globalised supply chains are exposed to a wide array of potential disruptions and bottlenecks. From navigating disrupted sales pipelines, to restricted materials, labour and logistics, the pandemic has led many businesses to reconsider their operations. As the global economy unfreezes and companies recover from the shocks of the pandemic, this is a unique moment to consider what it would take to “build back better” and become resilient to future shocks – not least the ever impending threat of climate change.
Future-proofing businesses requires a careful recalibration of value and risk. Companies who successfully do so will not only safeguard their assets, but could deepen their responsible business footprint. A move to distributed sources and circular models, for example, could result in reduced raw material consumption, strengthened local economies and increased resource security. But there will inevitably be winners and losers in these shifts. How can companies act responsibly when implementing these supply chain transitions? In the post-pandemic world what are the key expectations from stakeholders in terms of transparency, agility, and responsiveness to future disruption? How should businesses engage their suppliers to co-navigate these issues, and what wider collective action is needed on a sector and industry-wide basis?
As Vice President of Innovation Europe & Trend Research for DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation (CSI), Dr. Klaus Dohrmann is leading the flagship DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany as well as the global DHL trend research activities. Klaus joined DPDHL Corporate Development department in 2008, and advanced to become head of strategy for DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation (CSI) and Vice President Sector Development before taking over his current role. Klaus Dohrmann is a well-respected industry speaker and has published papers on specialist subjects including: “Building the World - Engineering & Manufacturing 2025+”, “Servitization and Supply Chains”, “Digital Twins in Logistics”, “Risk and Resilience in Industrial Manufacturing” and “Electric vehicles for last-mile delivery – an economic analysis”.
Marcela is the CEO and Co-Founder of Project-X, a WWF-backed corporate systems accelerator whose vision is to radically transform the sustainability performance of the 10 industry value chains most responsible for biodiversity loss and climate change impacts, over the next 10 years. With a career of over 20 years of experience in value chains, sustainability and banking, Marcela is a recognised leader in purpose-led transformation models, with a proven track record in South America, North America and Europe. Prior to co-founding Project X, Marcela was Head of Customer Innovation at RBS, and a member of its Corporate Banking Board, where she led innovative programmes transforming the way traditional systems work together, resulting in multi-million pound savings, additional revenue for the bank, its customers and suppliers and significant environmental benefits. In 2015, she was recognised as Leader of the Year by Business Green
Sonya Bhonsle is the Global Head of CDP’s Supply Chain program which enables major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over US$3.3 trillion in annual procurement spend. Sonya has over 14 years of Sustainable Supply Chain experience, both in the public and private sector. Over the last few years she has specialised experience on Scope 3, setting and meeting scope 3 targets (including science-based targets), as well as setting and meeting water security and deforestation related supply chain goals.
Bash Sohal is a senior procurement leader in the Telco space, currently working as Head of Procurement & Supply Chain at Vodafone UK. He has a background in finance within Vodafone, Cable & Wireless and British Airways. In his role he is responsible for implementing Vodafone UK's Purpose agenda across supply chains, working with suppliers to reduce waste and move towards green energy. He has consistently delivered unprecedented bottom-line savings as well as effective leadership and business partnering to engage stakeholders. He is strategic and focused, consistently delivering optimum impact by challenging the status quo. He excels in building and leading teams as well as negotiating with suppliers, enforcing strong financial controls, and rationalising / right-sizing / outsourcing operations.
This event will be attended by Directors/ Heads of sustainability, CSR, strategy, operations, supply chains, procurement, energy management, logistics and related fields.