Government and industry heavy-weights line up for ICHCA Australia-SAFC conference on supply chain sustainability
Shipping Australia, Emerald Grain, Stephen Mullighan MP, Sydney Ports and others to share views and experiences at joint ICHCA-SAFC conference in Adelaide this October.
London, 26.03.2014 – The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) Australia and the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) will be holding a joint conference on supply chain sustainability on 29 – 30 October in Adelaide, Australia.
ICHCA Australia and SAFC’s combined membership covers a range of private and public organisations involved in transport and logistics in Australia and overseas, placing them in an ideal position to host the conference. Under the title ‘Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions, ’ the event will bring together an expert panel of speakers to discuss key elements of supply chain sustainability including the environment, safety, productivity, trade, innovation and new technology.
In an increasingly global marketplace, businesses need to ensure their supply chains are resilient to the risks posed by climate change, political instability and other destabilising issues. By managing and improving their environmental, social and economic performance throughout their supply chains, companies can conserve resources, optimize processes, uncover product innovations, save costs, increase productivity and promote corporate values.
The UN Global Compact’s 2013 Global Corporate Sustainability Report shows that support for sustainable supply chains is growing. A lack of awareness of sustainability issues in logistics, however, prevents many organisations from putting their words into actions. To tackle this problem, the ICHCA/SAFC conference will bring together an expert panel of speakers to discuss the benefits and practicalities of sustainable supply chains, whether by air, land and sea.
John Warda, Director of Global Supply Chain at Emerald Grain will be one of several speakers addressing how sustainable supply chains have improved business operations. Emerald Grain is one of Australia’s largest gain storers and exporters. His talk is entitled “What customers want: Critical success factors for integrated grain businesses in Australia.”
Lending their perspectives from the ports industry will also be Grant Gilfillan, Director and CEO of Sydney Ports and CEO of Newcastle Port Corporation, and Nick Easy, CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Joining them will be Glen Hilton, CEO of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, who will give a view from Malaysia, one of Australia’s largest export markets. Part-owned by APM Terminals, Tanjung Pelepas handles over 2 million TEU every year and is one of South East Asia’s busiest ports.
Rod Nairn, CEO of Shipping Australia, will speak on sustainability in the shipping industry and how companies can benefit from changes in their supply chain operations. Shipping Australia is one of the country’s major industry bodies, with a membership covering Australian and international ship owners, operators and agency companies.
Giving his perspective from the rail transport industry is Simon Ormsby, Executive GM of Strategy and Growth at Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), a government-owned corporation that manages 8, 500km of standard gauge interstate rail track. Addressing government policy and the scope for commercial moves towards sustainable supply chains, will also be The Rt. Hon. Stephen Mullighan MP, South Australia’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.
The event will give attendees the opportunity to network, discuss and share perspectives on a range of issues including national and global trade, safety and training, and the impact of government policy.
“We have an excellent line up of speakers, over 50 people already booked to attend, and a great range of sponsors, ” said Ian Lovell, Company Secretary of ICHCA Australia. “It promises to be a very important event for the industry and we look forward to seeing everyone there.”
A gala reception and dinner will be held at the end of the first day, followed by a half-day industry tour of SAJC Morphettville on 31st October to discover the logistics of horse racing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a race day, with access to a private pavilion and corporate box, on 1st November.
Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions 2014
29 – 30 October 2014
SAJC Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide
About ICHCA International
The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), founded in 1952, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the productivity, safety, security and sustainability of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.
ICHCA International’s privileged non-government organisation (NGO) status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, including IMO, ILO, UN ECE and others. ISP – ICHCA’s Technical Panel – develops educational publications, promulgates best practice and provides informed advice to members on a wide range of practical and regulatory cargo handling issues, supported by ICHCA’s professional Technical Advisory service.
ICHCA International operates through a series of autonomous national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC), plus Multinational Correspondence and Working Groups, to provide a focal point for informing, educating, shaping and sharing industry knowledge across the global cargo handling community.
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