Dubai /Â WAM
As part of its efforts to promote sustainable practices within Dubaiâ€™s business community, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industryâ€™s Sustainability Network launched the Dubai Sustainable Supply Chain Forum, which was held at the chamberâ€™s premises.
Organised by the Networkâ€™s Sustainability in Supply Chain Working Group, the event was held under the theme, “Shaping the Future of End-to-end Sustainable Supply Chain through Collaboration.”
The forum brought together key stakeholders to collaborate and discuss new trends and best practices in sustainable supply chain solutions, in addition to common challenges faced by companies.
Other important issues were addressed, such as waste reduction through standardisation, as well as solutions for maximising vehicle use and reducing costs within supply chains.
The forum also supports Dubaiâ€™s commitment to achieving the sustainability goals outlined under the Dubai 2021, as well as its aim to transition to a green economy and foster a culture of innovation.
Participating in a panel discussion were Paul Kinsella and Gavin Keen from CHEP Middle East, Naresh Manshani, Choithram, and George Paraskevadis, Johnson & Johnson MENA, who shared their views and insights on what an ideal sustainable supply chain should look like in the UAE.
The team from CHEP Middle East spoke about the companyâ€™s experience in reducing carbon emissions and costs across its supply chain through transport collaboration.
Dr. Belaid Rettab, Senior Director, Economic Research and Sustainable Business Development Sector, Dubai Chamber, said, “This forum provided an opportunity for companies to learn about the role of sustainability in making supply chains more efficient from a cost and operational standpoint. By launching this forum, we are starting a dialogue on this important issue and providing an ideal platform for business leaders and decision-makers to collaborate, share insights and experiences, and work towards improving their practices.”
Dr. Rettab explained that the private sector has a key role to play in raising sustainability standards within Dubai, adding that its implementation of smarter practices would result in various benefits to the local business community and the society as a whole.
At the heart of the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network are the business-driven and action-oriented working groups that address CSR and sustainability challenges within the UAE. The working groups provide a platform for industry stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on CSR and sustainability practices.
Since its formation in 2010 by the Dubai Chamberâ€™s Centre for Responsible Business, the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network has been at the forefront of promoting best practices, building competitive advantages, and raising standards for responsible business practices in the emirate.
Established in 2004, the Centre for Responsible Business is the longest standing centre promoting business responsibility in the UAE. The centre assists Dubai Chamber members in applying responsible business practices that enhance their performance and competitiveness.