Our cover story this month…  Marriott International Inc: A more sustainable supply chain  With science-based targets approved, Marriott is accelerating…

Our cover story this month… 

Marriott International Inc: A more sustainable supply chain 

With science-based targets approved, Marriott is accelerating work to help make its supply chain more sustainable. We speak to Stéphane Masson, Senior Vice President, Procurement, Marriott International, Inc. – for our exclusive cover story this month – to find out how… 

“Like many global companies, Marriott recognises that serving our world helps the communities where we operate and is also good business,” Masson tells us. “This Earth Day, we announced the approval of our near-and-long-term science-based emissions reduction targets by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), with a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by no later than 2050. Approval of these targets is bringing heightened focus on our work to embed sustainability in our operations.  

Specifically, the company has committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 46.2% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. Marriott also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from fuel and energy-related activities, waste generated in operations, employee commuting, and franchises 27.5% within the same timeframe.  

Importantly for our team and the suppliers we work with across the globe, Marriott’s targets include 22% of our suppliers by emissions—covering purchased goods and services, capital goods, and upstream transportation and distribution—which will have science-based targets by 2028. 

In the longer term, Marriott also aims to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 90% by 2050 from a 2019 base year and reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 90% within the same timeframe.  

Our Global Procurement organisation plays an important role in setting up Marriott as we work to achieve the targets within this timeline. And it will require an evolution in how we engage Marriott associates, our suppliers, and other members of the industry.” 

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Grupo Modelo: Procurement and sustainability in action! 

We speak to Soqui Calderon, Regional Director of Sustainability for Grupo Modelo and the Middle Americas Zone, to see how the beverage giant is tackling sustainability from a procurement perspective… 

Grupo Modelo is a giant. A leader in the production, distribution and sale of beer in Mexico, Grupo Modelo is part of the Middle America Region (of the AB InBev Group) and boasts 17 national brands, among which are Corona Extra, the most valuable brand in Latin America, as well as Modelo Especial, Victoria, Pacífico and Negra Modelo. The company also exports eight brands and has a presence in more than 180 countries while operating 11 brewing plants in Mexico. 

Through more than nine decades, Grupo Modelo has invested and grown within – and with – Mexico, generating more than 30,000 direct jobs in its breweries and vertical operations, located throughout the country. 

Grupo Modelo, like many forward-thinking companies, is currently focused on a drive towards establishing a truly sustainable business. This endeavour is best exemplified in the Middle Americas Zone (MAZ), where sustainability efforts have been led by for the past five years by Soqui Calderon Aranibar, Regional Sustainability and ESG Director. Ambitious targets have been established for the region, but some remarkable achievements have already been made. As Calderon says: “For our team, sustainability is not just part of our business, it IS our business.” 

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SDI International: Delivering tail spend excellence 

SDI International’s Brendan Curran and Joaquín Morales discuss empowering procurement innovation, the importance of effective tail spend management, and how its Master Vendor programme transforms the function 

In a world of greater complexity and risk, technology adoption and digitalisation, and an ever-evolving compliance and regulatory environment, procurement teams still grapple with a perennial challenge: cost reduction. Which is why tail spend management – often overlooked and unmanaged while procurement focuses its attention on strategic, high-spend categories – is so important. Indeed, for many organisations, taking effective control of costly, one-off buys and high-volume, low-value purchases involving numerous suppliers can deliver as much as 5% to 10% of cost savings, according to Boston Consulting Group. 

But tail spend, by its nature, is complicated. It requires significant focus to effectively manage high volumes of data, often has a perceived lack of strategic importance within both procurement and the wider organisation, lacks visibility, involves vast numbers of transactions, many product categories, and a largely anonymous supplier base, and can bring potential compliance risks because of poor onboarding processes or inconsistent terms and conditions.  

Tackling the problem can be daunting for procurement teams. But, according to SDI International, it doesn’t have to be. The organisation, one of the world’s largest diversity and woman-owned procurement outsourcing and technology providers, delivers industry-leading holistic tail management solutions based on a successful formula: simplify, digitalise, innovate. Its Master Vendor programme provides procurement teams looking to tackle their tail with a one-stop solution for tail spend that leverages the latest and most efficient technologies to handle supplier onboarding and on-time payment, and manage the entire tail supply chain, stakeholder servicing, and escalations. The result is a procurement department better able to drive cost saving, efficiencies, and more strategic outcomes.  

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