The online event brought together procurement professionals from across the country to hear from leading experts on how procurement is central to supporting an organisation’s ESG agenda. Attendees heard from Stephen Henry, Founding Partner of Positive Planet an organisation which guides companies towards a better way of doing business that benefits people, the planet and profits. Within the session Stephen talked about the importance of addressing scope 3 emissions since, for most organisations, between 70 and 90% of their carbon emissions lie in this area. Having covered the six pillars of a climate strategy, Stephen then spoke in-depth on a step plan to reduce organisation emissions from establishing an initial understanding of emissions through to collaboration and acceleration of progress.
Warren Kozera, Managing Director of Barkers then shared real-life scenarios of organisations engaging in ESG from small to medium enterprises, through to a national organisation and a global entity, highlighting the importance of category assessment to establish where greatest impact can be made.
Finally, Carl Thompson, Senior Value Solutions Consultant at Coupa Software discussed the value of technology in aiding an organisation to understand how to identify ‘green’ suppliers, using the power of a global community and verified content that allows users to search for and select suppliers based on ESG principles. This approach not only saves a procurement function’s time but also allows the system to be the organisation’s conscience, ensuring that procurement decisions are in line with company strategy and ESG policy.