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New accolade for Sustainable Chain Management announced for Seatrade Awards 2020

Companies and individuals who are successfully and sustainably managing global trade supply chains will have an opportunity to join the roll of honour at the 32nd edition of Seatrade Awards with the introduction of a brand new award category, titled “Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award”, which will be run and judged in association with IMPA.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen categories to soon be open for entries at this year’s Seatrade Awards, which is globally recognised by the market as the most prestigious maritime award scheme. This new award provides a channel for ship owners, operators and managers across the global market to highlight their positive work, but is also open to all who play a part in managing supply chain operations.

 “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,” said Susan Koefoed, IMPA Chair and CEO.

Those entering the Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award will need to demonstrate to an independent judging panel quantifiable evidence of reduction of negative environmental impact; new ideas with cost effective business models; research and development commitment and the breadth of impact on organisational culture. 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.

“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,” said Chris Morley, Brand Director – Seatrade Maritime.  

“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,” continued Morley.

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.

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

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