Dr Robert Handfield and David Atkinson – BravoSolution Real World Procurement Webinars

In the latest of the BravoSolution Real World Procurement webinars, last week Dr Robert Handfield talked about “Creating Transparency in the Supply Chain to Reduce Risk”.  You can now access his slides and the recorded webinar here – note that the talking starts after three and half minutes of the recording!

He talked about the disasters in factories that have brought working conditions in the supply chain into sharper focus. His analysis of why this has become a more important issue was interesting; factors such as globalisation and just-in-time have increased these pressures. He presented a model for building a socially responsible supply chain, with three steps – auditing, visibility and collaboration.

He provided a definition of Corporate Social Responsibility based on the European Commission 2011 statement, and in terms of case studies, he quoted the Fairtrade Mark, and then looked at the steps Nike have taken to improve performance, including their “Nike Material Sustainability Index”.  He also discussed “scenario analysis” which he suggested should be part of the CSR programme. It’s all well worth a listen and look if you have any interest in this area; which of course we all should do.

You can now book for the next webinar in the series too, on Tuesday September 26th at 12 noon and 7pm UK time (repeated twice for the European / US audience) with David Atkinson back to talk about -  Supplier Relationship and Value Management: Does your organisation have what it takes?

His first SRM webinar from July was excellent (that is still available here) and this time round, he is going to focus more on the competency and skills required to implement a successful supplier relationship management programme. That will include a checklist of skills that apply to each stage of the SRM deployment, and how you can create a “compelling value proposition to stakeholders that ensure their enthusiastic participation, and the necessary basics that secure supplier commitment to your SRM value improvement goals”.

As he says, “there’s no point designing an SRM programme if your organisation lacks the competency to deliver it. Equally, simply training people without an agreed SRM method or strategy is a route to wasting your precious training budget”.

Atkinson really knows what he is talking about in this subject area, and this will provide practical and relevant advice for anyone working in this field. SRM is still an opportunity area in our experience for even the best procurement organisations, so don’t miss out on this session.

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