The Sustainable Organization:

The Chief Supply Chain Officer's Perspective

It is an exciting and a challenging time for chief supply chain officers. Recognition of their function’s importance has increased markedly in recent years. The supply chain is playing a more central role in coping with ongoing volatility and looming scarcity risks, while pushing harder to operationalize competitiveness.

For leading practitioners, sustainability has helped to give the function a new dimension and depth: eliminating efficiencies, improving competitiveness, and differentiating the company’s image. And as the focus on sustainability shifts away from compliance assurance and towards a focus on performance, the supply chain team is becoming more cross-functional in nature.

Chief Supply Chain Officer's Perspectives

This fourth point of view in our Lessons From Leaders Series, explores several distinct aspects of how sustainability is affecting the role of the chief supply chain officer and some of the specific supply chain issues addressed within this report include:

  • What business case exists for implementing sustainability considerations within the supply chain and how are these changing?
  • What new collaborations, both internally and externally, are emerging as supply chain leaders pursue greater efficiencies?
  • What implications do these changes have for the current set of skills and expertise within the supply chain?
  • What are the drivers for greater supply chain transparency and what new opportunities and challenges does this introduce?

Naturally, one close collaborator will be the chief financial officer, who will demand a closer understanding of the link between supply chain sustainability and the wider health of the business. This will be the focus of the next report in this series. Please visit again for more leaders’ insights.

Chief Supply Chain Officer Podcast

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The second podcast in the series features Warren Kozera, head of supply chain for business services at United Utilities, a water utility operating in the UK. He discusses key areas where sustainability makes a positive contribution to United Utilities.

Download Video Podcast [MP4, 14.1MB]
Download Audio Podcast [MP3, 5.15MB]
Read the full transcript [PDF, 328KB]

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Sustainability Chief Supply Chain Officer Research - Accenture 
For many companies, supply chain sustainability has moved from being an expense to a source of competitive advantage. Based on research, Accenture outlines the issues and offers lessons for supply chain officers. What lessons has your organization learned?
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