For more context on the carbon neutral Apple Watch and a reality check on tech industry supply chains, we spoke with Professor Ayman Omar, the associate dean for graduate programs at the Kogod School of Business, and a faculty member in the IT & analytics department.
Professor Omar's expertise spans global supply chains; supply chain management; sustainability; greening in the supply chain; supply chain process integration, outsourcing and off shoring.
Here's the conversation -- Episode 6 of the Sustainable Tech Partner Podcast.
The conversation covers:
0:00 - Introductions
1:07 - Professor Omar's supply chain management research, especially as it pertains to sustainability with partners and suppliers.
3:09 - Some key moments when Professor Omar sharpened his focus on supply chain sustainability.
6:55 - The carbon neutral Apple Watch: Can Apple back up that carbon neutrality claim or are they bending the truth in some areas?
12:55 - The carbon credit portion of the Apple Watch conversation: Should we take it seriously or move on from carbon credit as a way to close sustainability gaps?
14:27 - When it comes to supply chain sustainability, where are tech companies making progress and where are they still struggling?
16:30 - We look at risk through the long lens. Black swan events are no longer once-per-century or once-per-generation events.
18:18 - Example: How the Panama drought impacted lakes and water flow into the Panama canal -- and what that can potentially mean to supply chains, shipments and associated carbon emissions.
20:22 - You need to "assume disruption" in your supply chain.
22:30 - Researching supply chains and sustainability: Are there signs of progress? If so, where?
24:50 - How regulations are influencing supply chain sustainability.
26:40 - Are consumers demanding that their product suppliers maintain responsible business practices?
28:00 - How Wallart aligns sustainability, cost-reductions and supplier relationships.
29:55 - Why small businesses can't please ignorance about sustainability -- especially if you're part of a larger business's supply chain.
31:37 - Where we might see sustainability progress in 2024.