SAP: striving to lower supply chain carbon emissions
SAP and sustainable supply chains
In line with th...
SAP and sustainable supply chains
In line with the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge, SAP has been working alongside its customers to help in the transition towards a low-carbon economy, as well as striving to deliver its own climate goals.
As part of its efforts, SAP has pledged to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability of carbon emissions across supply chains; drive innovation of processes and business models; and drive engagement between industries, governments and consumers.
“SAP is not only a world-leading innovation and technology company, we are a world-leading sustainability company,” commented Jennifer Morgan, Co-CEO and Member of the Executive Board, SAP. “Marco Bizzarri’s CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge is complementary to our own commitment to helping businesses use innovative technology to achieve their most ambitious climate goals so they can take responsible actions and make a positive difference.”
What does SAP provide for its supply chain customers?
SAP has a team of innovation services and solutions professionals, focused on helping companies embrace the disruption and transformation happening within businesses, as they start to use intelligent technologies, to track carbon emissions from their upstream supply chains to downstream logistics.
SAP also aims to be a role model for its customers, by committing to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2025 - including all direct emissions as well as, a select subset of indirect emissions from its supply chain services.When emissions can’t be avoided or reduced, SAP has pledged to compensate by investing in CO2 offsets.
“As businesses, we must all own up to the total GHG emissions our activities generate and, at the same time, invest in nature-based solutions to protect our world’s critical forests and biodiversity, simultaneously helping to mitigate climate change,” commented Marco Bizzarri, Gucci President and CEO. “I applaud SAP’s commitment to join the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge. The leadership they are showing by doing so will help create a future in which society can thrive and business can succeed, while nature is restored and protected.”
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5 minutes with: Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak
Who are you?
My name is Sundar Kamak, I’m Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua. I’ve been with the company for around two years now, and I’m responsible for our industry solutions and our pre-sales team. Before joining Ivalua I spent almost 20 years in the source-to-pay procurement space, working for a number of providers. But I got my career started in manufacturing and supply chain, specifically in automotive and aerospace.
And what is currently taking up the majority of your professional time?
The last year I've been focused in helping organisations put together a digital transformation strategy, especially manufacturing companies, so they can continue to address some of the challenges they face due to the COVID pandemic.
The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works
What are the biggest challenges facing your corner of supply chain?
We have a lot of clients coming from different backgrounds - aerospace, high-tech, automotive - and they’re feeling the pressure and the crunch. There’s a lack of product, lack of material availability, lack of resources, labour shortages. So, I work with the leadership in these organisations, try to understand what problems they're looking to solve and come back with Ivalua solutions that can help them address some of these challenges.
Where do the biggest opportunities lie?
If we look at manufacturing, it all comes back to procurement and supply chain being involved sooner in the process. The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works. It’s important to treat suppliers like partners, which means you build trust, so they can participate very early on in the product design and product development process. It’s not done consistently in the manufacturing sector, but it will be key.