Westpac to join IBM at Smart breakfast seminar

Corporate social responsibility is a key to boost supply chain performance, and two industry leaders will speak at the Smart breakfast seminar on the topic.

Westpac sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) manager Yvonne Goldsmith joins IBM’s global corporate social responsibility leader Jeffrey Hittner at the first instalment of the Smart breakfast seminar series on October 14 in Sydney.

The seminar will revolve around the theme of corporate social responsibility and supply chain’s role, with Mr Hittner presenting an international perspective on how companies can improve their brand image and competitive advantage through reducing carbon emissions via supply chain management.

Ms Goldsmith will outline how Westpac is working with suppliers in the region to influence the development of supplier sustainability performance, encouraging marketplace change.

Westpac’s SSCM process is now rated by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as exemplifying world’s best supplier management practice for banks.

Smart 2009 organising committee chairman Warwick Hughes says: “Westpac is clearly showing how embarking on a corporate sustainability program is not only good for the environment, but has a positive impact on the whole organisation and how it is viewed in the broader business community.”

Tickets for “Corporate social responsibility and the supply chain: supply chain’s role in reducing carbon and contribution to growth” are $66 inc GST and include a hot breakfast.

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About Smart Conference

Smart 2009 Conference is organised by a committee of independent advisors and representatives from leading industry associations: Logistics Association of Australia (LAA), APICS (Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (CIPSA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA), and The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

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