Supply Chain Sustainability: Managing the Environmental Risk to Business

Host: East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicester)

Cost: Free

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Supply Chain Sustainability – Managing the Environmental Risk to Business (and the impact on emissions).

The news on ESG/ Sustainability is often dominated by a focus on carbon emissions (net zero) and new legislation on carbon reporting and disclosure. However, increasing legislation around biodiversity, deforestation and chemicals will impact on cost, availability and present significant risk to business if they do not plan ahead. We remain in a period of unprecedented supply chain disruption and competition for ‘green’ materials and supply chains will ensure this continues.

So, where do you start?

We will cover some of the changes from deforestation to green chemistry. This includes some of the “largest ever chemical legislation” which will include packaging, timber, leather, food, fire-retardants and non-slip coatings and therefore impact manufacturing supply chains from automotive and aerospace to construction.


On the day we will share and overview, introduction and practical considerations:

  • What are some of the new areas and how to approach risk assessment for your business?

  • What are the practical risks and implications around price and availability (competition for ‘green’ materials)?

  • How to engage suppliers and understand their readiness and capability?

  • How to be proactive; mitigate risk and gain competitive advantage?

  • How can material sustainability reduce emissions and accelerate your product/supplier decarbonisation (Scope 3)?

  • Opportunity for Q&A. Discussion will be encouraged.


James Butcher | CEO, Innoscope Ltd

James is a strategic Consultant and Speak (Business Growth, Supply Chain and Sustainability) with over twenty years’ experience in supply chain technology and automation and alumnus of University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Passionate about supplier collaboration and driving positive change at scale, James has spent the last decade working with manufacturers and global brands drive collaborative change for more sustainable products and supply chains from decarbonisation (Scope 3) to responsible sourcing (e.g. RSPO, FSC certification).

Global clients such as Asda, Boots, SC Johnson, Woolworths (Australia) and Walmart (USA) and their international manufacturing/supply chains.


This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in partnership with East Midlands Chamber.

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