On 7th June in London, The Crowd convened 100+ supply chain, sustainability, sourcing, procurement and ethical trade professionals for X Supply Chains.

This impactful half day event explored how to apply exponential and disruptive thinking and solutions to next-generation sustainable supply chain strategies, inspiring and connecting the leading minds from a mix of industry sectors.

We explored how disruptive technologies like as digitisation, big data, analytics, blockchain, IoT, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, robotics, automation and materials science are exponentially changing traditional supply chain programmes in large organisations, sharing knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community.

The programme on the day was a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panels, peer roundtable discussions and structured networking.

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Event for: Directors / Heads of: Supply chain | Sustainability | Sourcing | Procurement | Ethical trade


  • Sean Culey

    Supply chain transformation thought-leader
  • Louise Nicholls

    Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability and Food Packaging, M&S
  • Tony Roy

    Head of Sustainability & Governance, BT
  • Nigel Stansfield

    President, Interface for Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Dexter Galvin

    Global Director of Corporations and Supply Chains, Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Simon Ulvund

    Co-founder and CEO, Meridia
  • Charlene Collison

    Associate Director of Sustainable Value Chains and Livelihoods, Forum for the Future
  • Jean René Skjelbred

    Founder & CEO, Norsk Ombruk AS

Round Tables

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  • End-to-End Supply Chain Resilience
    With supply chains growing longer and more complex, the likelihood of supply chain disruption increases dramatically. Companies have new exposures in new geographic regions, and the interconnected nature of the global economy makes problems more and not less likely to arise. We have also seen many regulations or laws come into practice is the last couple of years demanding companies to get to grips with their end-to-end supply chain. Modern Slavery Act continues to be a major driver in the UK, similarly in France the Due Diligence Act, and Data Transparency Act, ESG reporting, Dodd Frank Act on conflict minerals and many more. With so many different factors attributing to supply chain risks, and many different ways we have to be responsive, how does a company ensure they can confidently manage such risks and ensure Supply Chain Resilience?
  • Fix the engine of Global business: The Supply Chain
    The Supply Chain How is climate change, resource scarcity and consumer trust impacting your supply chain. Consumers want to know more about the origin of the products they buy, but how many logos of certification agencies are needed on your products? Is it sufficient to know everything about your Tier 1 suppliers? Can you as a Brand / Retailer influence the source to store supply chain? Why should your Tier 7 supplier comply with your rules? How much more price pressure can each entity in your supply chain handle? Should not we embrace the rice of automation and the competitors to fix the engine?
  • Food Chain Transformation
    From production to consumption, the food system is creaking, but fixing just one part of it will not solve the problem. A holistic approach is needed. And it’s happening. From blockchain to alternative meat sources; from agroforestry to urban farms, bold new innovation is taking place all around us and it will radically change the way we grow, consume and, more importantly, think about food. This roundtable will discuss the fundamental challenges facing the system and learn about the solutions which will facilitate and accelerate vital transformation across the entire food chain. How can we change consumer behaviour? What will our future food supply look like?
  • From Linear to Circular Supply Chains
    The traditional practice of supply chain management has almost always been a linear one. The “take, make, waste” model of production and distribution of goods, has powered the global economy and business profits, but has pushed the earth to the edge of its carrying and regeneration capacity. We face mounting problems of waste and resource scarcity, and deep down, we all know we need to transition rapidly from linear to circular. But where do we start as a business? What prototype projects make for a good first step? And if they work, how do you scale them up? How do you build the business case? How do you finance the transition? Do we need stronger regulatory pressures to make the circular economy transition accelerate?
  • Holistic supply chain management
    How do you bring together data concerning the various aspects of your relationship with your suppliers to effectively measure the value they bring to your business? Is it enough to measure social, environmental and quality aspects separately? Or should we be moving to a system where the different elements are balanced to give a truly representative picture of how the supplier is performing in order to a enable long-term partnership that can truly benefit your business? What does this mean to your internal systems and how do you bring multi-disciplinary teams together? Do supplier score cards work in this respect and are they flexible enough to cope with the different initiatives an organisation may have both based on geographic priorities and those of your own customer base?
  • Human Rights and Modern-Day Slavery – how to manage end-to-end
    Human Rights issues and forced labour can be extremely complex violations and occur in many different parts of a business and its supply chain. The UK Modern Slavery Act was certainly one of the most recent far reaching pieces of legislation in the world addressing issues of slavery and we see now many more countries following suit. However, the statements produced by companies show a mixture of understanding on the topic, how to address it, and clear next steps. This combined with other Human Rights issues means a company needs to be very clear on what sort of risks could impact their supply chain and how to manage that end-to-end. Let’s explore the understanding of these topics in relation to end-to-end supply chain risk management.
  • Stakeholder Engagement for Supply Chain Transformation
    Companies, industries and systems are not transforming at a pace necessary to ensure an equitable balance is achieved between the planet and society. Economies are changing at an unthinkable speed due to technological advances. This, in turn, is having a huge impact on supply chains that support global economies. This apparent new-world order presents both risks and opportunities in the context of advancing sustainable economies. This roundtable discussion will explore the role that stakeholder engagement plays in transforming supply chains and the impacts that new thinking and strategy have on both businesses and industries as a whole.
  • Supplier information management: Extracting value for your business
    Extracting value for your business Supplier data is being collected by organisations but are we extracting real value from this data? How can you make your data work for your business and reporting needs? What is the most balanced process for managing suppliers, that includes risk-based approaches, supplier engagement, relevant data? How do you identify risk and manage supplier non-compliance? The supplier experience – how much burden are we willing to place on suppliers? Are we asking for too much information? The transparency and compliance journey beyond tier 1 – where should it end?
  • Supply Chain Process Optimisation in an Age of Disruption
    At the core of supply chain management, lies a confounding array of challenging process optimisation needs. With the pace of technological change in the discipline accelerating at truly disruptive speed, many traditional business processes and the business models they enable, are rapidly becoming unfit for purpose, redundant or counter-productive altogether. This roundtable will discuss what it takes to identify the process optimisation opportunities, challenges and changes that can help your company survive and thrive in an age of disruption.
  • Tackling the Problem of Scope 3 Emissions
    Scope 3 emissions, or “value chain emissions” represent all the indirect impacts upstream and downstream of an organisation, not already captured by the GHG Protocol’s Scope 1 and 2 reporting. These often represent the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and in some cases can account for up to 90% of the total carbon impact. With so much at stake, and with companies often struggling to track, measure and report the full extent of Scope 3 emissions, how can they best tackle the problem through better management, visibility and measurement of the suppliers right along their value chain? Are Science-Based Targets the answer? What influence can companies wield on their suppliers to reduce emissions? How do you identify and grasp the big gains and quick wins?


  • 12:30
  • 13:00
    WELCOME: Luke Clarkson , Managing Director, The Crowd
  • 13:05
    OPENING KEYNOTE: Sean Culey, Supply chain transformation thought-leader
  • 13:30
    LEADERSHIP PANEL Louise Nicholls , Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability and Food Packaging, M&S Tony Roy , Head of Sustainability & Governance, BT Nigel Stansfield , President, Interface for Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • 14:20
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 1 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the first number on your name badge
  • 15:05
  • 15:45
    NEW THINKERS SHOWCASE Charlene Collison , Associate Director of Sustainable Value Chains and Livelihoods, Forum for the Future Dexter Galvin , Global Director of Corporations and Supply Chains, Carbon Disclosure Project Jean René Skjelbred , Founder & CEO, Norsk Ombruk AS Simon Ulvund , Co-founder and CEO, Meridia Moderated by Sean Cule
  • 16:40
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 2 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the second number on your name badge.
  • 17:30
  • 17:30

Venue Details

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD

Who's Attending

Sustainability Director AB Agri
Commercial Director Adnams
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Sustainability Manager Anglian Water
Group Corporate Responsibility Manager Aviva Plc
Head of Analysis Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Head of Sustainability BT Group
Supply Chain Analyst Costain Group PLC
Best Practice Specialist De Beers Group of Companies
Data Innovation Lead DFID
Sustainable Agriculture Manager Diageo
Head of Innovation and Brand Change Diageo
Senior Property Supply Chain Manager Dixons Carphone
Procurement Manager DP World London Gateway Port Limited
CSR manager Dr.Martens
Sustainable Sourcing Manager Drax Power Ltd.
Affiliate (Senior Advisor) Forum for the Future
Sustainability Executive ICAEW
Policy & Engagement Lead IEMA
Group OHSE & CR Director Imperial Brands PLC
Head of Supply Chain Sustainability Programmes Intertek
Sustainable Workplace Manager JLL
Responsible Sourcing Manager John Lewis
Sustainable Supply Chain manager LEGO
Sustainability Manager London South Bank University
Sustainability Project Manager – Plan A M&S
Sustainability Manager M&S
Sustainability Manager Mitsubishi Corporation
Head of Indirect Procurement Nando’s
Head of Transparency, Ethics and Data Protection Network Rail
Head of Environmental Supply Chain Novartis
Head Third Party Labor Rights Novartis
Chief Executive Office Club Ltd
Global Human Rights Manager Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC
Sustainable Investment Analyst Schroders
Ethical Trade Manager Selfridges
Innovation & Industrialisation Manager Skanska UK PLC
Compliance and Supplychain Senior Manager Sky
Director Square Gain
Director Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Corporate Responsibility Reporting Manager Tesco
Sustainability and Accounting Manager The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project
Research and Operations Officer The Sutainable Shipping Initiative
Supply Chain Group Strategy Manager Tullow Oil
Global Director Human Rights Stewardship Unilever
Net Zero Manager Virgin Management
Assistant Sustainable Development Manager Willmott Dixon