Wednesday, 11 May 2022



08h00 – 15h30



WELCOME | Remarks from Master of Ceremonies

Desré Hancocks, Principle Consultant – Supply Chain Sustainability and Carbon Consulting, Carbon Intelligence


OPENING KEYNOTE | Sustainable Procurement – Lessons in Leadership, Management and How to Unlock the Potential
Sustainable procurement practices help drive change in the societies into which good practices reach, by way of improved living standards, economic development, and an increase in opportunities in communities. It also helps establish the basis for maintaining or growing market shares. With the heightened focus on sustainable procurement in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan, and with the current decoupling and diversification of supply chains away from China, there is a real opportunity for African businesses to step in and capture market share.

A look at global best practices will help establish a benchmark against which the attendees can understand these requirements, where they are positioned relative to the competition and, with a view to local relevance, establish a basis for fact-based business cases and defined road maps towards world class sustainable procurement practices.

Carsten Primdal, Author, Chief Sustainability Advisory Officer & Global Advisory Board Leader, Australia




CO-PRESENTATION | De Beers – The Building-Forever Sustainability Framework Driving People and Nature Positive Outcomes

Dr. Urishanie Govender, Group Head Safety and Sustainability, De Beers Group, South Africa
Katie Fergusson, SVP, Sustainable Impact, De Beers Group, London




PRESENTATION | Minimising the Impact of Environmental Disasters on the Retail Sector and Its Supply Chain
Climate related risks are concerning for the Shoprite Group. At its core is its ambition is to be the most affordable, accessible and innovative retailer on the continent, and climate change makes it difficult to realise this ambition.

The Shoprite Group places significant focus on its climate change strategy as it affects its direct operations, its supply chain, and the communities in which it operates. The Group’s strategy includes the mitigation of and adaptation to a changing climate.

Sanjeev Raghubir, Group Sustainability Manager, Shoprite, South Africa




PRESENTATION | Supply Chain Resilience Redefined: Raising Ambitions to Improvement & Impact
The ground is shifting – again – for procurement in terms of the environmental, social and ethical performance of their value chains.

Join this session to hear how the leading procurement teams are raising their sustainable value chain ambitions to “Improvement and Impact”, and what tools and strategies they are employing to deliver on this broader agenda:
The litmus test for a sustainable procurement programme that can deliver a future-ready value chain will be its ability to create — and scale — positive impact.
By aligning on positive impact as your destination, your sustainable procurement journey will be equipped – and have the legitimacy – to create value along the way: regulatory compliance, resilience, stakeholder reporting, and internal and external ROI.

Lazar Armianov, Regional Director – Sales: Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, EcoVadis, London




PRESENTATION | Finding New Ways to Engage Suppliers and Adopt Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Sustainable Practice
Implementing policies to integrate sustainable practice into procurement processes is key for sustainable supply chains, however the engagement of Suppliers is capital to the success of the effective implementation of sustainable practice.
Procurement professionals need to see Suppliers as partners and engage them to uphold good business practice through the conservation of the environment, the respect of human rights and good governance principles.
We will explore innovative ways by which organizations can measure and track their progress in the implementation of sustainable procurement practices for: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” Peter Drucker.

Elizabeth Tchwenko, Founder and CEO, Auth’Afrique, Cameroon




PRESENTATION | Starting at the Source: Buying into a More Sustainable Value Chain
Two-thirds of the average company’s environment, social and governance footprint lies with suppliers. Sustainable procurement starts with understanding the starting point and path, and then addressing selected core value-creating themes. Notwithstanding the sustainability risks that lie in supply chains, relatively few companies are working with their suppliers to manage risks.

How can companies track sustainability alongside other targets, and adapt their incentive and performance-management systems to ensure the efforts of procurement teams and internal customers are aligned with the organisation’s sustainability goals?

Jenni Lombard, Technical Manager, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)




PRESENTATION | Achieving a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Leadership
Attend this session to learn how we are all leaders exactly where we are; we do not need to be the CEO or CPO to drive change in our organisations.

Desré Hancocks, Principle Consultant – Supply Chain Sustainability and Carbon Consulting, Carbon Intelligence


PANEL DISCUSSION | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Putting a Price on the Priceless
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Lead With That!
Procurement is very old school. So, how do we drive change? If you are looking for a recipe, diversity is the first step, embracing the very thing that makes us human – our differences and emotional connection through purpose and values. This is the future of work across global supply chains because diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are of crucial importance in the workplace.

We need new ways to think about and talk about diversity. Leaders need new skills to enable equity and inclusion in the workplace. Organisations need scalable ways to ensure that their diversity and inclusion initiatives avoid common mistakes and are solid and sustainable.

Join our panelists as they delve into these matters and answer these questions…
What is DEI in business?
How do you turn diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace into action?
How can you shift mindsets and create inclusive cultures?

Desré Hancocks, Principle Consultant – Supply Chain Sustainability and Carbon Consulting, Carbon Intelligence

Dr. Natalie Skeepers, Governance , Risk and Compliance Specialist, Global Safety Resources
Dr. Faith Mashele, Chairperson, CIPS Gauteng Branch
Sandile Khoza, GM Operations Access World & Chairperson for Access World Employment Equity Committee, Access World