Supply Chain is today a subject mastered… by Supply Chain professionals. However, Supply Chain challenges and the benefits it can bring to other functions are still underestimated, or even unknown. In light of this observation, was born the idea of organizing “Supply Chain Cafes”, where cross-functional sharing could prove and make aware of the possible contribution of Supply Chain in creating value for the company.
An issue usually dealt by functions different than SCM is chosen to be debated on with Supply Chain Managers and representatives of other functions. We try to assess the possible impacts of this issue on Supply Chain and identify together what can be the benefits of integrating Supply Chain in the conception of related projects. An expert and a client’s feedback on the subject will feed the debate.
Following the Cafe, volunteer participants will help us write the “10 best practices” identified during the discussion, which are to be observed in the cross-functional relationship needed to conduct successfully projects linked to the chosen topic.
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Several topics are currently considered for our next Café:
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The last events
One-pager synthesis of the last Cafes are available, but only in French. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further these topics if of any interest for you:
Point of View - October 9th 2018
How to capitalize on SCM expertise to implement CSR strategy
In the previous Point of View, we highlighted the historical key stages leading to the emergence of CSR.
In the early 1980’s, the Supply Chain Management (SCM) concept arose to allow a better transversal integration of the company and valorization of its resources to serve customer satisfaction and profitability, with fundamental principles a CSR approach can only approve.
However, one could object SCM focuses only on economics, while CSR integrates 3 axes: economy, social and the environment. Is this really the case? Although SCM seems to consider the interests of only 2 stakeholders (the shareholders for the profitability and its customers for the service), we ought not to under estimate the indirect social and environmental gains it creates. For example, the pacification of relationships within silos of the company, as well as with its suppliers and customers, or chasing down waste to limit scraps and material losses, without talking about transportation optimization decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Thus, Supply Chain Management, while being focused on the economic stake, directly or indirectly contributes to most of the CSR axes.
Therefore, it’s completely logical today to think about how to take advantage of SCM experience to facilitate the integration of CSR practices into the company?
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