IMPA joins Seatrade in adding its first Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award

Apr 12, 2021

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.

For those not familiar with the Seatrade awards, it is fair to say it is the flagship award scheme for the international maritime community having been established since 1989. The Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen categories to now 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.

Susan Koefoed, IMPA CEO and Chair who will be sitting on the judging panel, said the following:

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, AS EVIDENCED BY OUR INCREASING WORK WITH THE IMPA SAVE AND IMPA ACT PROJECTS, 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.

This Award will recognise companies and/or individuals putting sustainability at the heart of their supply chain management processes. Judges will be looking for quantifiable evidence of reduction of negative environmental impact, new ideas with cost effective business models, R&D 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. Chris Morley, Brand Director – Seatrade Maritime, said:

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. 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.

The Sustainability in Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen awards that is now open for entries until 20th July 2021. The winners will be revealed in the autumn of 2021.

To sign up or read more, follow Seatrade Maritime News or the International Marine Purchasing Association.

For more information on Seatrade Awards, contact:

Charlotte Thornton Marketing Manager – Seatrade Maritime E: [email protected]

About Seatrade Awards 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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