Afternoon Coffee: IKEA’s Head of Supply Chain Promoted to CEO, EcoVadis Announces its First Sustainability Leadership Awards

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Following the surprise departure of CEO Peter Agnefjäll, IKEA announced Wednesday that Jesper Brodin, currently head of its product range and supply chain, would take over the role, the Wall Street Journal reports. Brodin, 48, started his career at IKEA in 1995 as the company’s purchasing manager in Pakistan. Becoming the CEO is certainly one way for procurement to have its voice heard in the c-suite!

Awards for Sustainability Leaders

EcoVadis, a provider of environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains, announced Thursday 15 winners of its first-ever Sustainability Leadership Awards, according to a press release. EcoVadis recognized buying organizations in three categories: best internal stakeholder engagement (Winner: SNCF), best supplier CSR performance improvement (Winner: Michelin) and best supplier engagement (Winner: Coca-Cola European Partners).

Building a Tesla is Dangerous (or it was in 2015)

Injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant were 31% higher than the industry average in 2015, according to a report obtained by “CBS This Morning.” The automaker has come under scrutiny as it has fended off attempts by auto workers to unionize and the company tries to boost its output to keep up with growing demand for electric vehicles.

“We may have had some challenges in the past as we were learning how to become a car company, but what matters is the future and with the changes we’ve made, we now have the lowest injury rate in the industry by far,” a Tesla spokesman said in an emailed statement to Supply Chain 24/7.

OPEC Output

And finally, a commodities update: Oil prices fell below $50 a barrel Thursday after investors were disappointed by OPEC’s pledged output cut extension, CNBC reports.

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