Kuehne+Nagel's Kaur Typifies Rise of Female Supply Execs

By Tom Swallow & Sean Ashcroft
Credit: Kuehne+Nagel | National Air Logistics division
National Air Logistics Sustainability Lead of Kuehne+Nagel Rajvir Kaur is Among a Growing Number of Female Execs Tackling Supply Chain Emissions

Rajvir Kaur -- National Air Logistics Sustainability Lead at Kuehne+Nagel -- typifies the growing number of female supply chain executives who are helping businesses become more sustainable. 

Kaur’s position is itself an indicator of the rise of sustainability's importance. Her role is focused on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as the organisation recognises that shifting to net-zero emission energy sources will save more than 0.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) per year. 

Scope 1 emissions cover are those a company creates directly, while running its boilers and vehicles, for example. Scope 2 are indirect emissions, and includes the energy a company buys for heating and cooling buildings.

“My role is to lead the Kuehne+Nagel sustainability agenda for the UK Air Logistics business unit by looking after the environmental side of facilities," says Kaur. "I work with the quality, safety, health, and environment teams to make sustainability improvements in our buildings and warehouses." 

She continues: “I mainly focus on the environmental side of the functional unit, focusing on data when it comes to our buildings and facilities, making sure it’s as accurate as possible so we can make informed decisions.

"I also look into increasing our use of sustainable packaging in the warehouse by concentrating on the concept of reducing, reusing, recycling, and repairing.”

CILT helping find next generation of female supply chain execs

Another female executive making an impact on sustainability in the cupply chain is Bethany Windsor, who is Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Management at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

“Sustainability is a key priority in the logistics sector, meaning that there are many job opportunities in our industry that tackle climate change head-on and make a real difference,” says Windsor. 

She adds: “Through CILT's Generation Logistics, we aim to raise awareness of these different roles, and encourage the next generation of logistics professionals, as we continue to work hard to reach net zero.

"Rajvir is among the next generation of logistics employees who are putting their efforts and expertise into improving the sector for the better. It’s never been a more exciting time to join the industry and make a real change for the better to the world we live and work in.” 

The increasing role that women are playing in supply chain was brought in sharp focus at Sustainability London last year (see below) during a panel discussion exploring the attributes of female leaders, and how they are helping provide a more inclusive angle on environmental, social and governance (ESG). 

Sustainability LIVE Net Zero will cover a whole host of topics relating to net zero and likely touch upon the growing input from women in the supply chain sector. It takes place from  6-7 March at the QEII Centre, London.

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