Exchanging experiences, best practices and insights on Sustainable Procurement has always been at the heart of our annual Client Committee.
Therefore, for its 2014 edition, what a better location for our event than Palais Brongniart, the ancient Paris stock exchange?
Around 150 CSR and procurement professionals joined us from all over Europe and North America. The event took place on March 19th, preceded by an afternoon dedicated to sector-specific roundtables where EcoVadis clients operating in Pharma, ICT and Finance sectors had the chance to discuss the specific Sustainable Procurement topics and issues faced in their own sectors.
The morning of the 19th opened with a keynote by Corey Billington, a pioneer in the field of Supply Chain Management and former VP of procurement at Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Billington discussed the future of sustainable supply chains, starting from the observation that the emerging trends of dematerialization and sharing economy are making sustainable supply chain management much more complex, and require business to undertake an approach defined as the “3S” approach, a transposition of the traditional Reduce-Reuse-Recycle concept: Smarter use of resources, Sharing knowledge and Scrap has value.
The next roundtables saw the participation of Procurement and CSR leaders from Heineken, Alcatel-Lucent, Credit Agricole, GeSI and TfS touching a wide variety of topics, from sector collaboration (with the case studies of GeSI and TfS, the two leading Sustainable Procurement collaborative initiatives in the ICT and Chemical sectors) to sharing experiences and best practices in Sustainable Procurement, such as the integration of EcoVadis ratings into procurement and RFP processes, and how to enhance internal education and motivation towards sustainability initiatives among both buyers and the top management.
The third and last roundtable of the morning session saw the participation of executives from companies who regularly use EcoVadis as suppliers to undergo CSR assessments and share their results to clients. They shared their expectations and needs in understanding, improving and communicating their CSR performance, showing that the demand for clarity within supply chains is no longer just a client priority, but is also pushed by proactive suppliers willing to demonstrate their improvements.
After the lunch break the afternoon session opened with EcoVadis founders outlining EcoVadis most recent developments and future plans. In 2013 EcoVadis has kept growing at fast pace, expanding his horizon to North America with the opening of a US branch based in NYC, an expanded business including major US Fortune 500 companies, and new partnerships with US-based organizations such as the Responsible Purchasing Leadership Council. New plans are on the go for 2014 including brand new features and improvements on both the rating methodology and the service, such as the addition of new languages (Russian and Japanese) to the platform (covering now 10 languages), and new tools for enhancing the integration of on-site audits to name just a few. The afternoon continued with thematic interactive workshops led by Corey Billington and the EcoVadis management.
We warmly thank all the people who joined us for this 2-day event, and we are looking forward to welcoming you in 2015!