The confluence of two powerful mega trends is radically transforming the world of business supply chains in unprecedented ways.

The rise of hyperconnectivity and social media has created a generation of empowered global consumers who are more informed and demanding than ever before about the social, environmental and ethical footprint of the companies, brands and products they purchase. The age of anonymity and sustainable lip-service is gone, replaced by an all-seeing, always-connected and ultra-empowered consumer world, where authenticity and sustainability are crucial for business longevity.

At the same time, what has been termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has unleashed a brave new world of disruptive digital transformation that is radically impacting business supply chains at all points from extraction and production through distribution and consumption to the end of the product lifecycle.

Leading companies are riding this wave of digital and sustainable supply chain transformation, applying new ways of thinking, new strategies and new collaborative approaches, often in conjunction with disruptive new technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI, big data, analytics and digitalisation, with revolutionary impacts right across the value chain.

The end result is a radical rethinking and transformation of their end-to-end supply chains, making them more circular, more ethical and more sustainable, with lower carbon footprints, enhanced transparency and traceability, and more positive impacts across the entire value chain.

For our November Crowd Forum, we investigated how these two mega trends are driving “Sustainable Supply Transformation”.

We found out how some of the world’s most recognisable brands are leading the way and radically transforming their end-to-end sourcing, production, distribution and product lifecycles to create new value propositions in an age of digitally empowered and increasingly conscious consumption.

Apply Now
Event for: Director / Heads of: Sustainability | CSR | Supply Chains


  • Virginia Spiegler

    Director and Lecturer, University of Kent
  • Kate Wylie

    Global Sustainability Director, Mars
  • Tom Smith

    Director of Strategy, Walmart
  • Kirstie McIntyre

    Global Director Sustainability Operations, HP
  • Axel Threlfall

    Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Round Tables

  • Data-Driven Supply Chain Sustainability
    Companies are increasingly awash with sustainability data from sensors, devices and systems at all points along the value chain. How can companies best make use of these data resources to drive efficiencies and better sustainability outcomes in their supply chain? How can companies transform their supply chains to be truly data-driven?
  • Empowering Supply With Renewable Energy
    By making the transition to renewable energy throughout their supply chains, companies can reduce costs, improve sustainability, demonstrate leadership and lower carbon emissions. This session will explore the challenges, costs, risks and rewards involved in empowering supply with renewables.
  • Ethical Supply Chains
    Supply chains that harbour slave labour, demonstrate unethical behaviour and questionable sourcing practices present a major reputational and business risk. This roundtable will consider what companies can do to make their supply chains more ethical and how to convince stakeholders it makes good business sense. How can advocates create a compelling business case to gain traction within the company? What are the main barriers to adoption that need to be overcome?
  • Low-Carbon Supply Chain Transformation
    Low-carbon transformation in day-to-day business operations makes good sustainable business sense. But what about throughout the supply chain? How can companies use their influence with suppliers to drive down carbon emissions at all points throughout the supply chain? Are there sound business drivers for low-carbon supply chain transformations? Can science-based targets help?
  • Science-Based Targets For Sustainable Supply Transformation
    Setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science is a great way to future-proof growth. It is also a crucial way for companies to improve the sustainability of their supply chains. How can companies drive greater sustainability in their value chains by applying science-based targets? What are the key steps on the road to SBT commitment? How do you get business-buy in for commitment?
  • Supply Chain Digitisation & Disruption
    The growing trend of digitisation is radically disrupting and transforming the practice of supply chain management. With IoT, blockchain, big data, 3D printing, digital platforms and analytics, companies are driving radical improvements right across the value chain. This roundtable will invite participants to share insights, pose questions and consider options for supply chain digitisation in their own companies.
  • The Circular Supply Chain
    With interest in circular economy principles and practices growing, companies are increasingly looking to close the loop in their supply chains. How can businesses demonstrate leadership by making their supply chains more circular? What are the biggest challenges of going circular? What are the key business drivers for closing the loop?
  • Towards A Plastic-Free Value Chain
    As awareness grows about the catastrophic impact of plastic pollution in our oceans and ecosystems, companies are facing increasing demands to remove plastic from their supply chains. But what are the emerging plastic alternatives? How can companies create a plastic-free supply chain strategy?
  • Transparency And Traceability


  • 17:30
    Arrivals and networking
  • 18:00
    Welcome from Luke Clarkson - MD, The Crowd
  • 18:05
    Keynote speech by Virginia Spiegler, University of Kent
  • 18:25
    Axel Threlfall in discussion with Virginia Spiegler, Kate Wylie, Tom Smith, Kirstie McIntyre
  • 19:30
    Roundtable discussions (moderated discussions in groups of 10-12)
  • 20:15

Venue Details

King Edward Hall, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ

Who's Attending

Director 2degrees
Advocacy Adviser AB Sugar
Responsible Investment Analyst Aberdeen Asset Management
Sustainable Procurement Consultant Accenture
Consultant Acre
Consultant Acre
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Supply Chain Compliance Manager Aggregate Industries Ltd,
Managing Director New Markets alva intelligence
Head of Sustainability Anglian Water
Associate Director Anthesis
Director Anthesis
Associate Director Anthesis Group
Ethical Trading Coordinator Arcadia Group Limited
Sustainability Controller Arcadia Group Limited
Sustainability Manager Arcadia Group Limited
Group CR Manager Aviva
Group COrporate Responsibility Manager Aviva
CSR Manager Bank of England
VP, Trade & working Capital Barclays Bank plc
Commercial Development Manager Bioregional
Sustainable Business Officer Bioregional
Director BP
Marketing Manager, Aromatics EMEA BP
Director, Climate BSR
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Advisor Bupa
VP Responsibility Burberry Group Plc
Responsibility Programme Director Burberry Ltd
Trustee Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation
Senior Lecturer in Logistics & Operations Management Cardiff University
Manager, Supply Chain Program CDP
Technical Officer CDP
Corporate Client Executive Charities Aid Foundation
Corporate Advisor Charities Aid Foundation
Head of Technical Sustainability and Carbon Costain Group Plc
Environment Manager Costain Group Plc
Environment Manager Costain Ltd
Head of Supply Chain – Rail Costain-Skanska Joint Venture
CEO crowdfooding
B Corp Manager Danone
Import Manager Danone
Procurement Manager Danone
Customer Demand Planner Danone
Director of Innovation Datamaran
Best Practice Specialist De Beers Group of Companies
Global Environment Manager Dentsu Aegis Network
Sustainable Procurement Manager Diageo
Global Head of Innovation & Brand Change Diageo
Sustainable Agriculture Manager Diageo
Sustainable Sourcing Manager Diageo
Head of Sustainable Sourcing Diageo
Principal Consultant – Sustainability & Innovation DNV GL
Principal Consultant DNV GL
International Sourcing/Production Manager a Dr. Martens
Sustainability Sourcing Manager Drax Group Plc
Sustainability Sourcing Manager Drax Group Plc
Real Estate Sustainability Analyst E.ON
Director of Corporate Partnerships Earthwatch Institute
Consultant, Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Estee Lauder Companies UK & Ireland
Head of Innovation Fairtrade Foundation
Capital Procurement Manager Gatwick Airport Ltd
Senior EHS Expert Europe GE International
Third party oversight lead GlaxoSmithKline
Supply Chain Sustainability IP GlaxoSmithKline
CEO Global Capital Partners
Procurement Manager Google
Supplier Engagement Manager GSK
Energy & Environment Manager Hammerson
Director Corporate Affairs Hewlett Packard
Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing Co-Ordinator House Of Fraser
Anaylst HSBC Global Asset Management
Director of Business ICAEW
Sustainability Intern ICAEW
BDM Integrated Environmental Solutions
Innovation Partner Interface
CR manager ISS UK
Strategy Manager, Global Sustainability JLL
Responsible Sourcing Manager JOHN LEWIS PLC
Sustainable Supply Chain Manager Johnson Matthey
Environment Manager Kier Ltd
Sustainability Director, Offer and Supply Chain Kingfisher plc
Environmental Governance Manager Lego
Renewable & Buildings Senior Manager, Environmental Responsibility Lego
Sustainability and External Affairs Manager Lend Lease
PPA Development Lightsource Renewable Energy
Head of UK PPA Lightsource Renewable Energy
Global Corporate Responsibility Manager Linklaters
Senior Circular Economy Advisor London Waste and Recycling Board
Global head of Sustainability Lykke corp
Sustainability Project Manager M&S
Associate Director Mace Group
Executive Vice President – Research and Advisory Manucore
Research Director Supply Chain & Manufacturing Manucore
Plan A Project Manager Marks & Spencer
Senior Plan A Manager Marks and Spencer
Plan A Project Manager Marks and Spencer
Global Sustainability Manager Mars
Sustainability Manager MITIE
Sustainability Director Multiplex
Assistant Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe
Head of Non-Food/ Indirect Procurement Nando’s
Account Manager Neighbourly
ESG Data Research Neudata
Strategy and Business Director Nice and Serious
Co-founder Nice and Serious
Student, Newcastle University Note Taker
Corporate Press Manager Novozymes
Sustainability Project Manager O2
Commercial Manager Ovo Energy
Head of Pavegen LIVE Pavegen
Senior Manager, Environmental Issues Principles for Responsible Investment
Senior Manager, Social Issues, ESG Investor Engagements Principles for Responsible Investment
Investor Private investor
Operations Manager Provenance
Energy & Environment Manager Prudential plc
Environment Advisor Prudential plc
Global Human Rights Manager Reckitt Benckiser Plc
Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights Director Reckitt Benckiser Plc
Environmental sustainability assistant Regent’s University
Director Responsible 100
Sustainable Banking Lead – Innovation and Service Royal Bank of Scotland
Community Affairs Executive Sainsbury’s
Sustainability Officer Sainsbury’s
Supplier Engagement Manager Schneider Electric Ltd
Head of Marketing and Communications Sedex
Responsible Business Manager Sky
Compliance & Audit Senior Manager Sky
CIO Standard Bank London Ltd
Director Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Ted’s Conscience Coordinator Ted Baker Plc
Head of Sustainability Telford Homes PLC
Partnership Coordinator Terracycle
Head of European Communications Tesco
CR&S Reporting Manager Tesco
Sustainable Sourcing Manager The Body Shop
Event Manager The Crowd
Chief Catalyst The Crowd
Innovation Manager The Fairtrade Foundation
Environmental & Sustainability Officer The Natural History Museum
Commercial Director The One Brand
Investment specialist UBS Asset Management
Executive Director UN Global Compact Network UK
Consumer Marketing Insight – Innovation Unilever
Homecare Strategy Assistant Manager Unilever
Category Strategy AM Unilever
Strategic Projects Manager – Technical & Innovation Veolia
Sustainability Consultant Verco
Head of Building Optimisation Services Verco
Head of Energy and Resource Management Verco
Quality Manager Viridor Waste Management Ltd
Advisory Panel, member Walgreens Boots Alliance
Assistant Sustainable Development Manager Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd
Global Supply Chain Product Leader Zurich Commercial