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PROCUREMENT: Global Guru Shares Insights Into Sustainable Procurement


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A global guru in procurement optimisation will share his sustainable procurement expertise and learnings with local companies seeking to ‘green’ their own policies and procedures at a complementary seminar in Johannesburg this month.

Kerkhoff Consulting CEO Gerd Kerkhoff takes to the podium at the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce to talk about the mega-trends in procurement optimisation, including global sourcing and sustainable procurement.

A recent study conducted by the Kerkhoff Competence Center of Supply Chain Management (KCC) at the University of St. Gallen and by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach (Institute for Public Opinion Research) highlighted that 34% of the interviewees stated that compliance with ecological and social standards had resulted in competitive advantages.

Furthermore, 69% expected that sustainability in procurement will become even more important in the future. Those interviewed considered the most important future trends to be the preservation of natural resources (25%), the use of alternative sources of energy (16%), as well as low-emissions production (12%). 7% percent were already thinking about how they could design their logistics to render it more environmentally compatible.

Locally, Kerkhoff partners with Rethink Management Consultants to bring Kerkhoff’s methodologies and expertise to South Africa.

Addressing the trend towards sustainable procurement, managing director, Kem Tissiman, said: "Today, sustainability is no longer an issue exclusively for social romantics or Greens who have made it to the top management levels. But whatever the motivation for action may be, the decisive factor is that the necessity for action exists. Certainly, the fact that it might even result in competitive advantages should provide sufficient incentive to deal with the issue of sustainability as early as possible and be ahead of the market," he said.

Salient details of the Kerkhoff presentation are:

Date: Tuesday June 22nd, 2010
Time: 16h00 – 18h00
Venue: Southern African German Chamber of Commerce, South Africa
47 Oxford Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg
(Entrance in Waltham Road)
Cost: No charge

Anyone interested in attending the presentations should email Richard Aldous at

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