Cutting supply chain emissions: lessons from retail


21 Apr 2021


8:30 am - 9:30 am


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For many businesses decarbonising supply chains is the key to meeting their climate goals.

In the race to net zero, businesses need to look beyond reducing emissions in their own operations to cutting emissions across their entire value chain. Engaging with their supply chains to address climate change allows businesses to remain competitive and resilient.

Experts from the retail sector and its suppliers will share the challenges and priorities in managing carbon reductions in complex and dynamic supply chains. Even professional services companies are consumers of these products and need to know what to look for in their procurement.

There’s a huge amount of work being done by some of the world’s biggest manufacturers on tackling this, and developing major programmes with their suppliers. It isn’t just the products themselves we need to consider, but the packaging too.

This event will use these lessons to help non-executive directors from all sectors understand how the board can help their companies reduce carbon in their supply chains.

We have speakers from Tesco and Mondi, both major organisations in the retail sector, who understand the complexity of supply chains and the opportunities for reducing emissions. Short speakers’ presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Orna NiChionna, experienced non-executive director, currently on the board of Burberry, will moderate the discussion and introduce Chapter Zero.


Moderated by: Orna NiChionna, Non-executive director, Burberry

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium

Anna Turrell, Head of Environment, Tesco

Gladys NaylorGroup Head of Sustainability, Mondi Group

Speakers’ biographies:

Orna NiChionnaNon-executive DirectorBurberry
Orna NiChionna is Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Burberry plc and is the Senior Independent Director at Saga plc. She is Chair of Founders Intelligence and a senior advisor to Eden McCallum. She is Deputy Chair of the National Trust and a Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum.
She spent 18 years at McKinsey and Company, advising large UK and global retailers on a range of strategy, operational and supply chain issues. Since leaving McKinsey she has served on the boards of Royal Mail, Bupa, Northern Foods, HMV and Bank of Ireland UK; she has also been an advisor to Apax Partners LLP. 

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium
Peter is the Head of Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the representative body for the retail industry, and is responsible for the development and delivery of the industry’s sustainable and ethical trade policies, including the Better Retail Better World campaign.
He is a Trustee of charity Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), and Co-Chairs the Home Office Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group on Transparency in Supply Chains. Prior to this Peter worked on environmental issues for the food industry trade association, FDF.

Anna TurrellHead of Environment, Tesco
Anna is Head of Environment at Tesco, where she is responsible for the Company’s climate change agenda, as well as other areas including sustainable agriculture, forest risk commodities and the Company’s partnership with WWF to half the environmental impact of the average UK shopper basket.
Prior to joining Tesco, Anna was Head of Sustainability for Nestlé UK & Ireland, where she led the development and roll out of an integrated sustainability strategy across the multi-category business. Before moving in-house, Anna spent 10 years in sustainability consultancy in Europe and Asia. Anna has worked with clients across a range of sectors including: FMCG, F&B, extractives, telecommunications, financial services sectors as well as government and non-profit sectors.

Gladys Naylor, Group Head of Sustainability, Mondi Group
Gladys Naylor is Mondi’s Group Head of Sustainable Development. Throughout her career, spanning 20 years in the corporate environmental and sustainability fields, she has been inspired by the opportunities to achieve positive outcomes both for the environment and for people. She leads Mondi’s work across all sustainability topics ranging from sustainable management of forests to engaging to taking action on climate. Her focus is on supporting Mondi’s operations to improve sustainability performance and ensure that ‘sustainable by design’ is integrated into all aspects of Mondi’s business.

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