The world of supply chain management is evolving rapidly, and one of the most significant factors driving this change is the increasing importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. In a recent episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dean Alms, Chief Product Officer of Aravo, a leading provider of ESG and risk management solutions. Dean shared his invaluable insights into how ESG is shaping the future of supply chain management and how companies can strategically align their initiatives for maximum impact.
One of the key takeaways from our conversation was the concept of “thinking big, starting small, and growing fast” when it comes to implementing ESG initiatives. Dean emphasized that while companies should have a long-term vision for their ESG goals, it’s crucial to begin by tackling one issue at a time and gradually expanding their efforts. This approach allows businesses to be agile and adapt as regulations and industry standards evolve.
Dean shared an example of Aravo’s Strategic Alignment Framework, which is designed to help companies align their ESG initiatives with their overall business strategy. The framework is set to be available online soon, and Dean mentioned that it would likely roll out at the end of March. This resource will be invaluable for companies looking to establish a solid foundation for their ESG programs.
During our discussion, Dean also touched upon the importance of the “3 P’s of procurement” – product, price, and practices. Historically, procurement decisions were primarily based on product and price, but now, companies must consider the ethical and sustainable practices of their suppliers as well. This shift is transforming the way businesses approach their supply chains, as they must now evaluate the social and environmental impact of their purchasing decisions.
Dean provided real-world examples of how companies in various industries are making strides in ESG and risk management. In the consumer packaged goods sector, businesses are working closely with farmers and manufacturers to ensure adherence to ethical business practices and environmental sustainability. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on compliance-driven aspects of ESG, such as anti-bribery, corruption, and data privacy.
As we wrapped up our conversation, Dean discussed the future of ESG and risk management in supply chains. He highlighted the growing complexity of managing extended enterprises and the need to stay on top of an ever-increasing number of regulatory agencies and requirements. Dean’s insights underscore the critical role ESG and risk management will play in shaping the future of supply chains, as companies must adapt to these new requirements and expectations.
As I listened to Dean discuss the future of ESG and risk management in supply chains, I couldn’t help but feel optimistic about the potential for positive change. With companies like Aravo at the forefront of promoting sustainable and ethical business practices, we are undoubtedly moving towards a more responsible and transparent supply chain ecosystem.
I encourage you to listen to the full episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast featuring Dean Alms to gain a deeper understanding of how ESG and risk management are transforming the supply chain landscape. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in staying ahead of the curve and embracing the opportunities presented by this rapidly evolving field. And the episode is also available to watch on YouTube.
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