Managing Director of Digital Ventures, SteelScout
Recently, Thomas Udesen has been changing the world of B2B through sustainable procurement, working with Bayer Procurement to donate resources to support multiple governments and NGOs to gain quick access to PPE, technology solutions, and medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Udesen’s efforts began long before the current crisis. Udesen joined Bayer in 2013 after 10 years with Johnson & Johnson and now leads a team of more than 1500 procurement professionals, managing more than €21 billion across the company’s sites globally.
Outside Bayer, Udesen is cofounder of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge. This pro bono professional initiative aspires to have all global supply chains adopting sustainable procurement practices by 2030. SPP Ambassadors from companies, NGOs, academics and governments have joined this collaborative community that seeks to empower, equip, and encourage all procurement professionals to contribute to the cause of “procurement with purpose.” Udesen believes that procurement is mission critical to ensure sustainable supply chains.
Bayer has invested heavily in risk management and kept its factories running despite disruptions in the industry caused by COVID-19, a testament to how the company’s investment in sustainability has resulted in more resilient supply chains. It’s also encouraging its suppliers to sign up to its code of conduct. With initiatives like this, Udesen believes the future of sustainability in supply lies in greater collaboration and relationship building.