S.C.O.P.E. Day 2: SOCIUS- Panel discussion – ‘Greening the Supply Chain: Best Practices and Future Trends for a sustainable development’.


Excerpts from the discussion:

Girish Nair, Head- Engineering and Manufacturing at DHL

Mr. Girish Nair started off by explaining the concept of green supply chain management which is in sync with nature. It focuses on minimising wastage in the supply chain. The main aim is to try and assimilate process making it viable to limit damage to the environment as much as we can and thus minimising carbon footprint.

He further explained that the way we work gives a perception of a country and impetus of large economy of the world. He cited the example of Germans’ discipline by explaining how they line up with blue sacks to recycle bins, take used bottle and drop into a vending machine to get Euros for it. These Euros can be further used for buying goods at departments.

He went on to compare the punctuality of Indians and Germans on a different perception of both cultures. He believes a cross-cultural setup, where we will have a blend of all cultures will help improve the society. He concluded by praising TAPMI’s cross-developmental working as well as punctuality and accomplishment of the task as a team.

Sarang Vaidya, Co-Creator of Go4Fresh

Mr. Sarang Vaidya started talking about “Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle which helped some of his ideologies. He stated that the foods and vegetable supply chain management is very mismanaged. He explained that there is a lot of wastage at the farm, storage, shelf, and retail level, and ultimately the post-consumption wastage which is always there. If processing and transporting is not being judiciously done, it will lead to wastage, which can be easily avoided.

He believes this initiative can be taken up by building small setups at home, office, society or even community level. Go4Fresh is based on the concept of sustainability. Go4Fresh believes in bringing awareness and executing such practices uniquely.

Disposal of food wastage is majorly done by responsibility sourcing. The wastage is due to three ways- first, identifying areas of wastage/ scope for wastage and how to take care of resources, second, handling of primary and secondary packaging and lastly, waste generated due to mishandling or negligence or surplus. He suggested that solution to this would be reverse logistics at customer end and by making people sensitive about such wastages.

Neelanchal Panda, General Manager- International Papers

Mr. Neelanchal Panda began by emphasising the acuteness of wastage issues in the industry. He said 30-40% of the food gets wasted in the industry. A proper waste disposal system, which includes reuse and recycling needs to be in place. Further, he stated that the lead time needs to be reduced, and compliance needs to be followed to alleviate the gravity of the situation.

Engaged in managing the end to end supply chain in the chocolate manufacturing, Mr. Neelanchal spoke about the wastage due to expiry and quality issues leading to an inability to achieve target sales. He proposed to shift from push to pull demand. He also said that having proper internal policies in place for transportation and other compliance practices can help in reducing losses to an extent. Moreover, fixing the measurements to right proportions can change the entire ecosystem of supply chain management.

Manish Maurya – DGM Inbound– Transport corporation of India

Mr. Manish Maurya began by saying that we need to ensure that trucks’ carbon dioxide emissions are less than the industry level. Distance must be reduced by using the shortest route, which will help in reducing emissions and save time. We must not compromise on our environment for the sake of development. What are we going to give our children and future generations by scarifying the nature?

Toyota employs, Just In Time (JAM) and expects our deliveries to be on time. Even if there is a 30-second delay, their line will get delayed. He said that you will achieve success through sustained team-work. In his organisation, drivers and trucks are of prime importance. He said that we have an established process where drivers are trained in safety measures and simulate many conditions. Truck maintenance is done in house. He concluded by saying that our mindset must change if we have to implement green Supply Chain Management processes.

Prof. Kedar Joshi – Associate Professor, TAPMI

Prof. Kedar Joshi started off by saying that Green SCM is by virtue SCM. The three aspects involved are the flow of material, information and money. More efficient processes are required in green SCM.

At the product design stage, you must ask questions such as – Is the product recyclable? Are there any other ways to reduce waste? A mechanism to measure carbon footprint is essential so as to incorporate findings and solutions into practices. This will help benchmark and manage processes.

There is also an academic social responsibility which students are exposed to like green SCM. We teach students to minimise cost in the process they learn to reduce carbon footprint in a process. He concluded that by saying a pro-green policy must be followed even if it increases the budget requirement.

The moderator concluded with the gist of the panel discussion that there is no shortcut. We have to do it in a way that is responsible. Don’t keep it for the next generation.



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