Conference DAY 1
18 May 2021



08h00 – 15h30



WELCOME | Remarks from Master of Ceremonies

Francini van Staden, Directorate: Sustainability, Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning, Western Cape Government, South Africa


OPENING KEYNOTE | Selling the Value of Sustainable Business Practices – In the market and Within the Company

“It costs too much to be sustainable!” It’s a common refrain, but it does not have to be true! In fact, employing sustainable business practices can help to attract and retain customers and recruit the best talent for your organization. Sustainability can also enhance quality and reduce landed costs. You might say it costs too much NOT to be sustainable!

This session illustrates best practices in sustainability as well as capturing and selling the value that these practices bring to the market and to your company. Progressive companies are getting ahead of the curve and establishing their reputations, harvesting the rewards of sustainability. Gather ideas and devise strategies for raising your game and competing among the most sustainable supply chains.

Prof Thomas Goldsby, Haslam Chair of Logistics, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Business Logistics, Department of Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee, USA




PRESENTATION | People, Planet, and Prosperity: The Role of Sustainability in Creating Shared Value

Sheri Hinish discusses the importance of value creation in sustainable supply chains including, the inflection point of disruption in global supply chains, sustainability is a priority for consumers, investors, and stakeholders, and the Power of Purpose and shared responsibility. She will define what sustainable supply chains are, outline the roadmap for sustainable supply chain using the Sustainable Development, and discuss how to position Supply Chains as a conduit for change.

Sheri R. Hinish, Global Partner at IBM, Sustainable Supply Chain Offering Leader, SupplyChainQueen, Supply Chain Revolution Podcast Host, USA




PRESENTATION | The Role of Sustainable Procurement in Managing Risks and Building Organisational Resilience.

Building business models that deliver value for consumers aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a Distell case study”

The objective is the ability to add value for the consumer. Procurement practitioners should be able to see value delivery for their organisation and their consumers…

Eric Leong Son, Group Head: Sustainability, Distell, South Africa




PRESENTATION | Key Technology Trends Enabling Sustainability: The Collision Course Between AI and blockchain

Organizations in both the public and private sectors around the world are feeling increased pressure to provide additional transparency across their supply chain networks. As child labor, modern slavery, and other unethical practices continue to emerge across social media outlets, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and blockchain may be tools to address the issues that some attempt to avoid discussing within the supply chain industry. In this presentation, we will look at the future of supply chain management, and how AI and blockchain can be implemented to address the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability.

Dr. Justin Goldston, Professor, Project and Supply Chain Management, Penn State University, USA




PRESENTATION | Key Enablers for Sustainable Procurement Practices Using Circular Economy Principles

This presentation will highlight the role procurement can play in a sustainable transition for your organisation. It will also highlight circular economy principles and how an effective waste and reuse economy can be established. The presentation will be underpinned with practical examples, showcasing the role of procurement as key enablers and simple shifts that can be made from policy to implementation.

Dr. Jaisheila Rajput, CEO, Tomorrow Matters Now, South Africa




PRESENTATION | The role of sustainable procurement in SMME inclusion and growth

Effective supply chain integration of black suppliers as part of security of supply diversification is critical in driving inclusive and sustainable procurement. This session will unpack the challenges faced by these suppliers and opportunities that are available.

Siphumelele Mabunda, Enterprise and Supplier Development Specialist, Tiger Brands, South Africa




PRESENTATION | The importance of procurement and supplier collaboration in creating more sustainable supply chains.

Dr. Argent Chuula, Executive Director, Fairtrade Africa, Zambia


PANEL DISCUSSION | Sustainable procurement – global context and South African opportunities

Procurement practitioners are increasingly realising the critical role they play in creating social, environmental, and economic value for their organisations, supply chain partners and the communities in which they operate. As such procurement functions are fundamentally changing the way they source and buy; engage suppliers and measure performance. This panel discussion will unpack the sustainable procurement journey of global organisations and create a platform to adapt key learnings, best practices and opportunities within the South African context.

Christelle Marais, Senior Manager, IQ Business, South Africa

Lazar Armianov, Regional Sales Director – Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, EcoVadis
Gabriel Guzman, Global Director Procurement and Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Switzerland
Lyndon Isaacs, Group Procurement Manager, Distell, South Africa
Gordon Reid, Lead – Transparent Procurement Advisory Program, Transparent, South Africa                                                                                                                            Lazar Armianov, Regional Sales Director – Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, EcoVadis



19 May 2021



08h00 – 12h30



WELCOME | Remarks from Master of Ceremonies


OPENING KEYNOTE | The Role of Mining in Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

Mining companies have the potential to become leading partners in achieving the SDGs. Through their direct operations, mining companies can generate profits, employment, and economic growth in low-income countries.

Richard Morgan, Head of International Government Relations, Anglo American, London
Aiden Choles, Co-Founder and Director, DBK Advisory, South Africa


PRESENTATION | The 4th Industrial Revolution Enabling a More Sustainable Future For Mining and Production

Uncovering the opportunities beneath the taglines and catch phrases. Highlighting examples of how technology will enable more sustainable means of extraction, production and consumption.
                                                                                                                                                                         Stephen Gray, Innovation Expert, Founder, The MakerSpace, South Africa




PANEL DISCUSSION | Sustainable Supply Chains – What We Can Learn From the MINING Sector

Lebogang Kgomongwe, Manager, Supplier Development, Rio Tinto, South Africa

Ashlin Ramlochan, Principal: Sustainable and Responsible Supply Chain, Anglo American, South Africa
Hugo Du Rand, Head of Group Procurement, Afrimat Limited, South Africa
Tamsyn Grewar, Senior Scientist, Mintek, South Africa
Clive Govender, CEO, Black Umbrellas CGC Consulting, Founder, Adapt Digital Solutions, South Africa                                                                                                                                                            Lazar Armianov, Regional Sales Director – Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, EcoVadis