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The Supply Chain Memo

By August 24, 2023No Comments

“Every company should have received the memo that supply chain needs a seat at the table.” Especially in regard to the sustainability or ESG (environment, social and governance) agenda.

I smiled to myself in a conflicting mix of delight and disdain as I read those words of Ernest Nicolas, HP’s chief supply chain officer, in the Fast Company July 24 article “How HP Is Using a Supply ‘Reset’ to Advance the Circular Economy.”

I couldn’t help my ambivalent feelings about his comments.

On the one hand, his assertion about the memo brought the joys of spring to my heart. All the more so because of his understanding of many pertinent issues. Yet, on the other hand, it’s a truism that most organizations today have received the supply chain memo.