By Evelyn Neumayr-Oracle on Feb 03, 2016
The Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience was held last week in San Jose, California. This unique event provides supply chain professionals an opportunity to learn, network, share ideas, and get inspired. While the expanded Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud was the headliner, there was also a well-attended session on sustainability titled ‘The Role of Sustainability in the Modern Supply Chain’. This session featured a panel with Oracle’s Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy, and Rich Kroes, Director Sustainability Strategy. Other panelists included Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of Supply Chain Matters blog and James Ayoub, a student at Penn State University.
James was one of 90 select students invited by Oracle leadership to attend the conference. This innovative student experience enabled the future supply chain leaders to network with Oracle employees, partners, and customers as well as attend all sessions and visit the exhibition area. It was very evident that sustainability matters to these future supply chain leaders as so many chose to attend the sustainability session and were highly engaged throughout the session as well as the entire conference. James Ayoub summed it up nicely, “Supply chain is a great enabler of sustainability. You can see savings and opportunities everywhere with supply chain: you’re dealing with operations all around the world, you’re dealing with manufacturing, water consumption, socially responsible sourcing—there are just so many opportunities to drive an impact.”