Impact Procurement: Revolutionizing Corporate Supply Chains


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Impact Procurement: Revolutionizing Corporate Supply Chains

In a world increasingly interlinked, the essence of corporate responsibility extends far beyond traditional boundaries. This webinar, part of Impact Entrepreneur’s Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series, delves into the profound exploration of Corporate Supply Chains and Social Procurement, inspired by the insights shared by Brigit Helms in her compelling article. This session seeks to unveil how modern enterprises can intertwine profitability with social impact, through revisiting their procurement strategies and engaging with value chains that echo the principles of social equity and environmental stewardship.

Brigit Helms, along with a distinguished panel of corporates and impact entrepreneurs, will navigate through the real-world applications and the broader implications of social procurement in today’s business landscape. The dialogues aim to foster a robust understanding and appreciation among the participants on how redefining supply chains can be a cornerstone for not only mitigating operational risks but also for catalyzing systemic change towards a more sustainable and inclusive economy. This webinar is a conduit for participants to garner actionable insights on aligning corporate supply mechanisms with the broader socio-economic goals, thereby playing a pivotal role in accelerating the momentum towards an impact economy.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The evolution of corporate supply chains in response to global sustainability challenges.
  • Real-world examples of social procurement strategies and their impact on communities and the environment.
  • Engaging with social enterprises and local suppliers: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices.
  • Measuring the social and environmental impact within procurement processes.
  • Strategies for fostering collaborative partnerships between corporates and social enterprises.
  • What needs to change in order for entrepreneurs to better access corporate supply chains.
  • Future trends: How emerging technologies can facilitate more sustainable and socially responsible supply chains.

Featured Guests

Jennifer “Jen” Beason is the global director of social entrepreneurship at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise application software provider. Jen joined SAP in 2007 where after a decade supporting SAP’s customers in North America, she applied her skills as a natural dot-connector and transitioned into corporate affairs to integrate company-wide efforts that help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Today, she leads programs and partnerships that accelerate social business in more than 90 countries, and through this ecosystem, works with organizations that collectively impact more than one billion lives.

Brigit Helms is Executive Director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the premier university-based social enterprise accelerator dedicated to eliminating poverty. For 30 years, Helms has created and delivered solutions to social and environmental challenges in 45 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, in both the private and public sectors.

Karin Guemmer, VP Head of Technical Procurement EMEA at Bayer, has over 17 years of expertise. Formerly spearheading procurement at Zurich Insurance Group Germany, Karin played pivotal roles at Bayer, including Head of Mobility Procurement, Head of Procurement Japan, and Director of Procurement Innovation. She significantly contributed to Zurich by championing social procurement as an integral part of the strategy which she now continues at Bayer. Karin is a seasoned professional, showcasing a wealth of insights and leadership acumen, particularly in her fervor for supplier diversity.

Kim Lim is the CEO and co-founder of PichaEats, a food business rebuilding the lives of refugees in Malaysia. PichaEats won The Chivas Venture 2017/18 in Malaysia and thrived into the Top 5 at the international level. Additional honors include winning Allianz’s Future Generations Award; being named a’s Top 10 Sustainable Venture; and designated a Top 10 Asia Social Enterprise. Lim received THE EDGE Inspiring Young Leaders 2017 award; a Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia designation; Tatler’s Gen.T List inclusion; and was recently an Obama Fellow.

Antonio Nuño is the co-founder and CEO of Someone Somewhere, a B-Corp and Climate Neutral company that is helping large companies transform their textile products supply chains into poverty-eradicating, waste-sucking engines. Someone Somewhere will make over 10 million products with its innovative model in 2023.Before starting Someone Somewhere, Antonio worked at McKinsey & Company Mexico, CEMEX Switzerland and Social Ventures Australia. He is a Miller Center Fellow and has been recognized as Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, 30 Under 30 by Forbes, and as Top 100 Social Capital Leaders by the International Business Times.


Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker

Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, PBC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors, and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and editor and publisher of Impact Entrepreneur, a digital magazine covering the emerging Impact Economy. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact — having worked with such acclaimed authors as Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan — and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Laurie is contributing author to the recently published academic textbook from World Scientific, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications (2023).