The Emirates Environment Group (EEG) and think-tank Arabia CSR Network recently co-organised a panel discussion on ‘Sustainability of the Supply Chain,’ in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The panel was supported by the Emirates Green Building Council and sponsored by Adeeb Group and highlighted insights, experiences and recommendations for ensuring sustainability across the supply chain and mobilising commitment from various sectors.
“The objective of supply chain sustainability is to create, protect and grow long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing products and services to the market,” said Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group. “By organising such brainstorming sessions and panel discussions, we aim to mobilise different sectors to not only help them understand but also share strategies for ensuring a feasible supply chain that can support the overall sustainable development of businesses.”
Carlos Amaya, Senior Specialist at the Abu Dhabi Quality Conformity Council, focused on the Council’s product certification services and its benefits to manufacturers, suppliers and consumers, highlighting the sustainability element of the Abu Dhabi Trustmark for Environmental Performance. Eng. Ansari, CEO of the Adeeb Group, on the other hand, shared key insights on their supply chain CSR & Sustainability, meeting sustainability commitments and regulatory compliance, supply chain evaluation, and their role in mobilising suppliers and promoting sustainability across the supply chain with SMEs.
Likewise, Alistair McGregor of Interserve Engineering and Construction, Middle East highlighted the activities of the Interserve Sustainable Procurement Working Group and the importance of sustainable procurement. Moreover, he demonstrated how the company achieved compliance with British Standard 8903: 2010 on sustainable procurement. He further elaborated their Sustainable Procurement Policy and Practice Framework that can aid in developing practical measures for organisations to achieve permanency for their sustainable procurement ambitions.
Mai Khairalla, Customer Service Manager at Unilever explained the company’s Sustainable Living Plan that facilitates the Gulf initiatives, covering all areas across the value chain and building reputation with stakeholders and partnering with customers on various sustainability aspects. Lastly, the Neutral Group discussed the essential steps in designing a sustainable supply chain strategy, some common mistakes, and case studies showing how much money can really be saved by going green.
“A green and sustainable supply chain ensures that the environmental, social and economic impacts are efficiently managed while encouraging the best practices in good governance throughout the lifecycles of products and services. It helps organisations to minimize their carbon footprints by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving water sustainability to considerably cut down environmental risks across their supply chains and expand their circle of responsibility,” concluded Al Marashi.