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CEO of Corplex takes part in a Live Panel Discussion on Modern supply chain strategies

Lucas van der Schalk, CEO of Corplex has participated in a Live Panel discussion on Modern supply chain strategies : Environmentally- centric sourcing, manufacturing and logistics on September 17th. This discussion was organized by Reuters Event and shared with other Top Managers from the logistics, construction and electronics markets during a digital session. Here is a summary of Lucas’ view on sustainability and how returnable packaging can be virtuous with regards to closed loop organizations.

What were your Top 1 actions in Sustainability for the last year ?

L.. v. d. S. : “Not only do we focus on the end of life product, but more importantly, we focus on the beginning of life product, where we try to reduce the amount of waste, for instance, the air waste in trucks as we try to reuse the resources that we have, for as long as possible.”

How do you track sustainability on your supply chains ?

L.. v. d. S. : “ “We've set up a whole new closed loop transportation system by developing a packaging that we can bring back after use. The packaging is collapsible, which means it goes out full and it comes back empty and collapsed. As a result of that, we saved for of one our key account customer, just on a single product, 300t of CO² in a year for a trip.

Having in mind that the customer transport hundreds of thousands of products a year, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of tons of CO² saved each year, simply by efficiently reusing a packaging in a closed loop system.”

Be green, it is fashion ? Does it cost in the end or does it save money ?

L.. v. d. S. : “ “If you look at the whole automotive industry, it’s probably the most efficient and money conscious business in the world. They only rely on closed loop systems because it saves them money. Not just on transportation, but also, as you don’t need to think about reordering the packagings, your procurement budget gets reduced. Finally, the efficiencies that you have out of that are huge, because it’s something that runs by itself.”

How do you do to make sustainability a top priority, not only for executives, but also for people at the work floor ?

L.. v. d. S. : “ “ As we became a new company in February this year, we opened up both the choice of the company name, the strapline, the vision and the mission to the employees and they all contributed to that.

Our strapline, ‘Circular Plastics Solutions’ is very much about sustainability. Within the factories, we are recycling everything that we do and nothing leaves our sites. We can say, at Corplex, we have a zero waste to landfill philosophy and that makes me and the people at Corplex incredibly proud of being part of this business.”

It’s about giving a story to every level of the organisation, to show them how they contribute to sustainability. That’s the most fascinating thing for me; to see that people are very proud of what they do, because they have a story to tell that we are able to use plastic to create products that last for a long time.”

What do you think about supply chain resilience ?

L.. v. d. S. : “ “For me there isn’t a conflict between resilience and sustainability. The more resilient your loops are and if there are loops, the more sustainable your business will be as well. That’s the key word. Most of what we do can be nearshored and this should be done in loops so that you are reusing those resources all the time in circular supply chains rather than using linear supply chains."