About the two guests:
Alexis H. Bateman is a Research Scientist, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Director of MIT Sustainable Supply Chains. She has over fifteen years of experience in sustainability in the public sector, industry, and academic settings. Her work focuses on supply chain sustainability through research, education, and outreach. She has engaged closely with industrial partners, public agencies, global governance organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
Sheri Hinish is known as the “Supply Chain Queen.” Recognized as an IBM Futurist, a 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know,” and among LinkedIn’s Top 1% SSI in Supply Chain, she has a strong presence across social and professional networks. And is a strong advocate for sustainability and pushing forward sustainable supply chains.
- Sustainability – People vs Environment or People vs People
- Examples of companies in fashion and FMCG leading the way
- How does sustainability impact supply chains?
- Technologies that can be used
- How companies can become more sustainable
“A great way to embrace sustainability is to support other businesses with a commitment to sustainable ways of working.”
“You have to get those small wins first so that you can have the long term adopted, so when it gets tough, don’t give up.”
“The reality is you depend on your supply chain for integrity across partners in trading relationships that really extend beyond your immediate purview. So a great way to embrace sustainability is to support other businesses with a commitment to sustainable ways of working. These are all great steps. ”
“So when they were going to put together their formula of soaps, they determined that palm oil was necessary. They really couldn’t replace that ingredient. And as we know palm oil is an ingredient that has environmental impacts in terms of deforestation around the world, primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, impacting the smallholder farmers that grow it. So they wanted to understand where their palm oil was coming from. Instead of trying to go into the nebulous commodity market to source that material, they vertically integrated a mill so that they could ensure that they were sourcing from different smallholder farmers that were being paid fairly that were not growing on deforested land that had full visibility. Something like a vertical integration.
Granted they’re a small company and they can operate a little bit differently but they were looking for growth. They want to grow their product and they can show other companies that they can operate this way and still make a profit.”