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Feb 1-5: The Green Commercial Imperative and IT Budget Optimization


After last week’s deluge of supply chain disruption-focused events, this week is both quieter and more varied. That will give you plenty of time to read the ISM-New York Report on Business commentary for January, which will be released right here on February 2nd at 9:45am ET.

If you are planning your procurement webinar schedule beyond this week, I recommend "Transforming Supply Chains to Make a Positive Impact on the World Around Us" from Supply Chain Now and Kinaxis on February 17th at 1pm ET.

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Sustainability through Supplier Collaboration: From green ideal to commercial imperative (Vizibl, ecovadis)

February 3rd, 10am ET

If you’ve been looking for a business case to support increased supplier collaboration, sustainability may be your answer. In the survey we ran at AOP Mastermind LIVE back in October, CPOs listed sustainability and diversity initiatives as #3 on their list of top priorities for 2021, behind savings and growth enablement, but ahead of risk management and facilitating supplier-led innovation. If we combine the percentages for sustainability/diversity and supplier-led innovation, it becomes a near-tie for second place. Join the following panelists to hear their plans for a green “commercial imperative” in 2021: Jim Massey – Chair, Global Sustainability Executive; Alexandra Tarmo, Global Procurement Director Partnerships, Unilever; Arjen Van Der Woude, Director Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain, Heineken; Mark Smith, Procurement VP - Digital Talent & Supply, BP; Lazar Armianov, Sustainable Procurement Expert & VP Sales EMEA, EcoVadis; Mark Perera, CEO of Vizibl & Author Of 'Procurement with Purpose.'


Walking the IT Tightrope (Everest Group)

February 4th, 10am ET

With the transition to WFM and digital communications, many companies are now looking and their current and proposed IT budgets and thinking, “Well, what on earth are we supposed to do now?” In this webinar, Everest Group’s Jimit Arora, Michel Janssen, and Ashwin Venkatesan, will explore opportunities to manage their IT budgets in 2021 including cost optimization and innovative budgeting approaches that can lead to “breakthrough” savings.




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