Jan 22, 2021

The Winners of DSS Safety and Sustainability Awards

Laura V. Garcia
2 min
We introduce you to the winners of the Dupont Sustainable Solutions global Safety and Sustainability Awards...

 Launched in 2002, the global competition celebrates achievements in sustainability, workplace safety and operational excellence. “Over the last decade, the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards have become widely recognised among industrial companies as a benchmark for workplace safety, sustainability and operational excellence,” said Davide Vassallo, CEO of DuPont Sustainable Solutions. 

“More importantly, they have helped to promote initiatives aimed at saving lives, improving operations and protecting the environment.” This year top prizes were awarded to some impressive players in the Middle East and Asia. Former winners include multinationals Danone, Arcelor Mittal, and Group PSA, the parent company of Peugeot.

This year, awards went to...

Engro Fertilizers

Estimated at a 30% market share Engro Fertilizers is considered the largest player in the national market. Headquartered in Pakistan, Engro Fertilizers has made safety one of its top priorities, most specifically at its hazardous manufacturing facilities.

Investments in digitisation, the introduction of new capabilities, and an overhaul of its safety systems led to a sharp drop in operational disruptions and fire incidents, improved risk management efforts and stronger employee and stakeholder engagement.

Engro Fertilizer’s ‘Safety Beyond Excellence’ program resulted in an 87% reduction in their total recordable incident rate and has earned them the DuPont Sustainable Solutions Global Safety Innovation award.

Dubai Municipality

For their performance in wastewater recycling, Dubai Municipality was awarded the Global Sustainability Award. 

Responsible for managing, treating and disposing wastewater from commercial and residential properties, Dubai Municipality faced the challenges of a growing population, and an escalating need to run more green, the Dubai Municipality had to increase capacity while improving on sustainability.

A sustainable wastewater recycling program is accredited for more than doubling sewage treatment capacity while reducing power usage by 25%. The municipality is also said to have made significant advances in circular economy approaches.

SMRT Trains

SMRT Trains, the Mass Rapid Transit operator in Singapore was the awardee of the Global Operations Improvement award. Rooted in the Kaizen philosophy to help drive continuous improvement, the company has implemented several tech-driven initiatives to improve on its operations for travellers and asset management.

With a pre-pandemic average daily ridership of 3.4 million, improvements produced a savings of S$10.3 million per year in reduced person-hours while increasing efficiencies, improving safety and reliability. 

Although this year’s winners may not enjoy the same level of brand recognition as past awardees, their achievements set a benchmark of excellence.

“These awards celebrate the achievements of companies that have developed innovative approaches to protecting their people and improving their operations. We congratulate all winners on their outstanding performance,” said Davide.

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Jun 16, 2021

Gartner: Women in supply chain at five-year high

3 min
Overall percentage of women working in supply chain has risen, but concerns persist around declining representation in executive leadership

Women now represent a greater percentage of the supply chain workforce than at any other point in at least the past five years, according to a recent Gartner survey. 

The Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021, conducted by Gartner and Awesome, surveyed 223 supply chain organisations with more than $100m in annual revenue from February through to the end of March 2021.

Key takeaways 

  • Women represent 2% more of supply chain workforce than in 2020
  • Women now account for 42% of the workforce
  • Number of women in exec-level positions declined by 2%
  • Just 15% of top leadership are women (17% in 2020)
  • 84% of organisations say COVID-19 did not impact efforts to advance women

It found that women now represent two per cent more of the supply chain workforce than in 2020, accounting for 42%, compared with 39% last year. Dana Stiffler, Vice President Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, says the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain was significant, though different to other sectors. 

"Contrary to other industries, supply chain’s mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains," she said. "This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations. We also recorded a record number of specific commitments and supply chain-led actions and saw existing programs starting to pay off."

Gartner Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021
Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021


Supply chain still lacks women in executive leadership 

But the elephant in the boardroom remains. Though the figures present a positive step towards greater diversity and gender equality at all levels, the number of women in executive level positions declined by two per cent in the past year. Women represent just 15% of the upper echelons of supply chain leadership. Gartner did however record a rise in women at all other levels of leadership. 

The vast majority (84%) of organisations surveyed said the outbreak had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women. But more than half (54%) admitted that retaining mid-career women was becoming increasingly difficult. A lack of career opportunities was cited as the biggest challenge to this, while other blamed a lack of development opportunities. 

Despite these challenges, companies of all sizes are becoming broadly better at gender diversity. Around a third more said they had a targeted initiative focused on attracting women and advancing their careers. 

Stiffler said a push towards measurable and formal initiatives is at least pointing in the right direction: “It's encouraging to see that the larger share of this jump was for more formal targets and specific goals on management scorecards. For these respondents, there is greater accountability for results — and we see the correlation with stronger representation and inclusion showing up in pipelines.” 

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