2018 Sedex China Responsible Supply Chain Conference
Green and Sustainable Supply Chains
According to the current energy consumption growth rate, by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.8 billion. A growth rate of that magnitude would require 2.3 planets to meet the needs of the global population. The China conference 2018, aims to develop how businesses can face the environmental challenges, through integrating green and sustainable supply chains, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2018 Responsible Supply Chain Conference was held at the Conrad hotel, Guangzhou. Three hundred guests from over 35 industries attended the conference, including speakers from the Chinese government, global brands, suppliers and third-party audit companies. The attendees shared a variety of opinions around the theme of “Green and Sustainable Supply Chains” and how to best tackle the issues we all face.
Mr. Tony Pang, Technical Sustainability Manager at Marks and Spencer, stated that the company will source 100% of cotton from sustainable sources by 2019 and by 2025 they aim to have increased the proportion of Fairtrade, organic and recycled materials to 25%.
Stefan Karlsson, Sustainability Compliance Manager at IKEA, expressed that in order to reduce waste, IKEA are upcycling waste, both internally and externally. This includes using waste from the production process in their new products, as well as recycling after sale products.
The LEGO Group
Ms. Yolanda Gu, Asia Regional Senior Manager for shared that from 2018, the LEGO group will make bricks out of bio-plastics, which are made from sugar cane. The new designs are technically compatible with components made of traditional plastic, thus meeting the requirements of toy manufacturing. It is the first step to gradually replace the traditional plastic components by avoiding the pollution caused by traditional plastic processing.
Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC)
Ms. Lydia Shi (HKPC) was a key member in implementing the Cleaner Production Partnership Scheme, which was launched by the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong and the Economic and Information Commission of Guangdong Province in April 2008, with a funding investment of $143 million from government.
China Environmental United Certification Centre (CEC）
“Green Supply Chain is a trend, and we have to be aware of this trend. We have implemented green supply chain solutions for many years, and all of us have to change, to meet the tendency of necessity.” Mr. Wu Leng, Vice President, Associate Professor from the CEC.
Sedex integrating with SDGs
Today, China is experiencing the consequences of exponential changes to the economy, environment and societal challenges. China is focusing greater attention to environmental issues as opposed to health and safety and we are hoping that Sedex China will focus on the countries strengths, which not only serves the field of responsible sourcing, but also cooperates with other interested parties with a more open-minded attitude. This will help Chinese companies to create a more adaptable environment and sustainable supply chain, and will help them enhance their image when going abroad.
Sedex Development Strategy
At the beginning of 2017, Sedex participated in the Sustainable Business Stakeholder’s Initiative with numerous global enterprises and non-governmental organizations to support the United Nations Agenda for sustainable development as well as make commitments to contribute to the global sustainable development. During this meeting, Mr. Barry Marshall, the Chief Operating Officer from Sedex, explained how Sedex integrated with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and presented the new functions and services from Sedex in 2018 to better serve our membership.