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IMPA joins Seatrade for Sustainable Chain Management Award

March 30, 2020
We are extremely proud to announce that we joined forces with Seatrade Awards 2020 in creating the very first award for Sustainable Supply Chain Management.

As we enter the decade of change, it is extremely important that we understand how sustainability touches every single part of a company, from its oftentimes complex supply chain operations to the actual work space. Taking an active stance when it comes to sustainability and corporate responsibility also ensures that companies are proactive in furthering the sustainable development goals and are becoming part of the change that we want to see in the world by 2030.

Thus, it is now more important than ever to reward those actors that seek to efficiently optimise and streamline the management of their supply chain, creating sustainable links and ensuring that they do so in a responsible manner. This is why IMPA partnered with Seatrade Awards 2020 in introducing a completely new supply chain management category that gives companies and individuals putting sustainability at the heart of their supply chain management processes the recognition they deserve. Seatrade will soon release the entry criteria and details about the judging panel, but we will be looking for quantifiable evidence of reduction of negative environmental impact, new ideas with cost-effective business models, R&D commitment and the breadth of impact on organisational culture.

Susan Koefoed, IMPA CEO and Chair who will be sitting on the judging panel, said the following:

We are delighted to be working with the Seatrade Awards team to recognise the tremendous efforts in sustainability within the maritime supply chain. Sustainability is one of our core pillars and this prestigious and important new award will help showcase some of the many innovative new initiatives in procurement and supply chain management that are helping to drive global change on a social and environmental level.

Judges confirmed so far include Koefoed, who will chair the panel, and Katharine Palmer, Global Sustainability Manager at Lloyd's Register, with further panel members being announced shortly. Chris Morley, Brand Director – Seatrade Maritime, said:

For an industry that is not only relied upon to transport 90% (by volume) of global trade but also going through its own period of rapid digital transformation, it is more important than ever that shipping businesses seek to efficiently optimise and streamline the management of their supply chain. A tremendous amount of effort has already been invested in managing and creating sustainable links. Therefore, we are delighted to be working in association with IMPA to offer those businesses an opportunity to highlight their positive work on a global platform.

The Sustainability in Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen awards that will shortly be open for entries, where the winners will be revealed on Thursday 17 September during an evening ceremony at Plaisterers’ Hall, London.

To sign up or read more, follow Seatrade Maritime News or the International Marine Purchasing Association.

For more information on Seatrade Awards, contact:
Charlotte Thornton
Marketing Manager – Seatrade Maritime

About Seatrade Awards
Established in 1989, Seatrade Awards is the flagship award scheme for the international maritime community. For more information on Seatrade Awards, visit

About Informa Markets
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IMPA joins Seatrade for Sustainable Chain Management Award
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