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Sustainable Sourcing as Market Differentiation Strategy for your Products


Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (GMT)

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Sustainable sourcing is touted as the future for procurement and supply chain management. It is known as the procurement of products and services beyond traditional cost and supply metrics with environmental, social and ethical issues in mind. With almost nine billion people in the world, demand for natural resources is already around 30% higher than the earth can regenerate. This represents a supply risk to many industries. Building sustainable supply chain will establish competitive advantage, stimulate innovation, and increase productivity.​



Event Agenda


  • Developing a strong business case for sustainable sourcing.
  • Identifying supply chain risk in terms of continuity and cost.
  • Future-proofing supply chains against environmental, social and economic impacts.
  • Sourcing sustainably to reduce risk and volatility in raw material supply chains.
  • New innovation opportunities in sustainable business practices.





C M Venkateswaran
Chief Executive Officer
Aker Powergas Subsea

C M Venkateswaran (Venkat) is the CEO of Aker Powergas Subsea Pvt. Ltd., the Indian arm of Aker Solutions, Norway, a leading global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products, and integrated solutions for the energy and process industries. Aker Powergas Subsea today has over 600 employees working out of their offices in Mumbai and Pune.

Venkat is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of professional experience. Over the years in his career, he has gained deep experience in Construction, Project Execution and Supply Chain Management. His domain knowledge and appreciation of multi-disciplinary interface saw him moving into a role as Global Supply Chain Manager to facilitate sourcing from India for Aker Solutions Projects worldwide.

In September 2008, Venkat took over as the Head of Aker Powergas - Pune to spearhead the new Subsea Oil and Gas Initiative for the company. With a small core group in place, he strategically positioned the company to grow the business in strength and value year-on-year by executing several subsea projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and other regions.

Michael Betz
VP of Business Development

Michael Betz is a co-founder of thinkstep and sustainability veteran. He is currently heading the Material and Compliance Business Unit at thinkstep AG and also responsible for the global Business Development.

In his actual capacity he is responsible for materials and compliance management solutions of thinkstep which sold in an exclusive partnership with Siemens Industry Software. The Business Development function comprises strategic partnerships and initiatives as well as corporate development.

Prior to that, Michael Betz held various different positions in the company, which was renamed in 2015 from PE International AG. ​Till 2001 Mr. Betz was vice director of the department Life Cycle Engineering at the Institute for Polymer Testing and Polymer Science (IKP) of University of Stuttgart.



GoSourcing Partners


Procto ​provides outsourced CTO for small-medium enterprises to solve their business challenges and grow their business through strategic technology. They partner with entrepreneurs and visionary executives who have innovative ideas but do not the technical expertise to validate and build their digital business models.
thinkstep enables organizations worldwide to succeed sustainably. Our industry-leading sustainability software, data and consulting services help businesses drive operational excellence, product innovation, brand value and regulatory compliance. With a global presence in 19 countries we serve more than 2,000 companies, including 40 percent of the Fortune 500 such as BASF, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Renault, Siemens and Unilever.
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GoSourcing is a social media website for procurement leaders and supply chain professionals, providing them relevant resources, news, analysis, reports, and tools they need to succeed at work.

Targeted at visionary procurement leaders and supply chain professionals, GoSourcing features the latest technology, best practices, and supply market news, as well as new ideas to inspire game-changing innovations that secure breakthrough levels of cost reduction in the least amount of time.

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