Event #2 – Reimagine what we buy (SDG 12)

Event #2 – Reimagine what we buy (SDG 12)

The second SDG Insights event focused on supply chains. There are strategic and tactical dilemmas in developing supply chains to meet the SDGs. With several tiers of suppliers, societal pressure, complex certification requirements and complicated supply chains that reach around the world, what strategies are likely to produce progress towards SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production?

Reimagine what we buy was on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at RSM’s Woudestein campus in Rotterdam, and the event took the form of a masterclass, with two presentations, followed by an informal networking reception. Two angles were presented by RSM academics and an expert practitioner. Their presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

  • International supply chains struggle with monitoring and reporting of sustainable practices; how well they do it depends on the structure of the supply chain and its visibility, and here’s where AI and blockchain have a role. How can research help industries to use the physical, informational and organisational networks of their supply chains to promote effective monitoring and reporting of sustainable practices?

  • Product inspections don’t measure the sustainability of the processes that manufactured them. We need visibility, from the suppliers through manufacturing, marketing and sales to consumers – and it needs to be a global effort, with big companies working together towards the standards that are set and enforced by neutral third parties like NGOs. What would such a company-wide strategy look like?