Sustainable supply chains

Thursday 15th March 2012


Alison Austin, Director, Environment and Business
Barbara Morton, Director, Sustainable Procurement Ltd



NWSBQ provides sustainability professionals with the opportunity to hear from the experts, share best practice and network.

For our inaugural event  we looked at managing supply chains, whether you are a buyer or a seller. We all have suppliers and most of us form part of another organisation’s supply chain.  Barbara and Alison are both experts in sustainable procurement, between them covering both the private and the public sector.  They shared their insights and expertise on how organisations can manage their own supply chains and how to respond to the demands of your customers.

Alison Austin worked for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd for 25 years, finishing in September 2009. Alison set up an independent consultancy, ‘Environment and Business’ which supports a number of clients in addressing environmental issues within a commercial context. In the last 18 years at Sainsbury’s she headed up the environmental team and in the last 5 years the food policy team for all own brand products at Sainsbury’s. She was responsible for policy development and communications on packaging, waste and recycling, health and nutrition, raw material sourcing (fish, timber and palm oil), agricultural issues, organics, biotechnology, carbon and water footprinting, Fairtrade as well as energy and refrigeration systems.She has recently been appointed as a Non Executive Director for WRAPand is a founder member of The Robertsbridge Consultancy

Barbara Morton was Project Manager of the business-led Sustainable Procurement Task Force chaired by Sir Neville Simms. The task force’s recommendations to government were published in the report “Procuring the Future”, in June 2006.

Over the past number of years Barbara has delivered sustainable procurement training to international audiences. She is technical advisor to the Marrakech Task Fore on Sustainable Public Procurement and her recent work includes sustainable procurement policy and practice advice to local governments, regional development agencies and the fire service.

Barbara has delivered presentations at conferences throughout the UK, Europe and abroad. In addition, Barbara is a member of several national and international professional organisations and committees involved with developing the sustainable procurement agenda.

Prior to 2005 Barbara had a 10 year university career in procurement and sustainable procurement research, training, event organisation and professional practice at the University of Manchester. In addition Barbara had a 10 year procurement practitioner career with the UK National Health Service (NHS).