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Procuring A Purposeful Business: Through Supply Chain Sustainability Performance

February 19, 2020

As consumers, legislators and investors increasingly look to corporate businesses to act more sustainably, CEOs and boards are responding with commitments – such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This presents both immense pressure, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for the procurement function to leverage the supply chain for significant and lasting impact, and long-term value creation. 

Join Henkel CPO Bertrand Conquéret, and Bayer CPO Thomas Udesen and hear their take on procurement’s role in a sustainability strategy, how the function can best bring about change. 

During this webinar, our expert panel will explore these topics and questions:

  • How to establish procurement’s role in a corporate sustainability strategy

  • Measuring and managing procurement’s sustainability work: How can procurement develop the right strategies, deploy the right tools, and integrate these new elements into their workflows? 

  • Creating a more sustainable supply chain while still delivering financial returns to shareholders: How can they demonstrate performance improvements across a diverse, geographically dispersed supply base? What new processes and ways of working must be implemented? And how can corporates work together to maximize their impact? 

We also hear more about the “Sustainable Procurement Pledge” and SP Ambassadors - a community that is helping embrace and support procurement in this journey!


Bertrand Conquéret

Bertrand Conquéret, President Global Supply Chain & CPO, Henkel

Bertrand Conquéret is President of the Henkel Global Supply Chain B.V. located in Amsterdam and Global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

Being with Henkel for more than 32 years, Conquéret looks back to a career in different countries and business units. He shares Henkel’s commitment to be a leader in sustainability and was one of the founding members of the TfS initiative in 2011.

In May 2019, he was elected as President of the Together for Sustainability (TfS) Initiative, a joint initiative and global network of 22 chemical companies.

Bertrand is the co-founder of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (#SPP)

Thomas Udesen

Thomas Udesen, CPO, Bayer

Thomas leads Bayer’s dynamic Procurement organization that aims to be next-in-class in business partnering, category management, supplier man-agement and digital processes.

For Thomas and his Leadership Team, the success of Procurement is man-ifested in value-adding contributions that ultimately enable profitable and sustainable growth of the company. As such, value is not limited to finan-cials, but includes crucial business levers like innovation and business mod-els. Moreover, Procurement safeguards the reputation of Bayer by uncon-ditional adherence to the principles of sustainability, with proactive risk man-agement, and by ensuring compliance.

Thomas is the Co-Founder of The Sustainable Procurement Pledge.

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