Best in Show: 2018 Power of the Profession Award Winners

Power of the profession awards

Supply chain people love a challenge. Expected to continually drive down costs while simultaneously improving service, the profession breeds a relentless, goal-driven mentality. Historically, however, supply chain is an area of business that had for many years toiled in obscurity while others in sales, engineering or marketing took the glory. No more.

Today’s business environment demands too much in terms of agility, customer responsiveness and accountability for social and environmental impact to overlook the work of supply chain. Winning in business absolutely requires excellence in supply chain.

For four years now SCM World has hosted an evening of celebration, reflection and recognition meant to rain a little well-deserved glory on the best of our community. The Power of the Profession Awards started in 2014 with the twin goals of recognizing breakthrough performance and sharing lessons learned along the way.

The 2018 winners were announced in Miami this week at SCM World Live Americas.

The People’s Choice

The process of choosing winners begins with company submissions against two categories: Talent Breakthrough and Supply Chain Breakthrough. These submissions are narrowed to a group of semi-finalists with of a community-wide vote. The final selection is made by a panel of executive judges who score each submission in three sub-categories.

By the time winners walk up on stage they have been scrutinized by hundreds of their professional peers. It is truly a people’s choice award.

Congratulations to this year’s Talent subcategory winners:

Talent Diversity Champion of the Year – 3M

3M’s diversity initiatives are an essential catalyst for driving innovation and improving lives, designed to create an inclusive environment where its people feel safe, respected, valued and free to create.

Talent Partnership of the Year – Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lakes has developed a year-long fellowship in association with universities to address the global food challenge and also to inject new ideas and a pipeline of fresh talent into its business.

Talent Payback of the Year – Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Supply Chain Academy has ensured that talent leads the way in paints and coatings innovation as it embarked on a strategic journey to transform and modernize its supply chain.

Congratulations also to this year’s Supply Chain Breakthrough subcategory winners:

Business Win of the Year – Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble’s approach to citizenship is aimed at Doing Well by Doing Good, blending transparent business dealings with the support of worthy causes.

Social Impact of the Year – Pfizer

Pfizer integrates smartphones, science and partnerships to end a neglected tropical disease by equipping underserved communities with needed resources.

Customer Innovation of the Year – Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric started with the customer’s voice in mind to build a customer-centric logistics platform that is tailored to customers’ buying behavior.

And the Winners Are…

Everyone loves a champion and as our evening drew to a close the final big winners were announced – one each for Talent Breakthrough and Supply Chain Breakthrough, selected from the three sub-category winners in each group.

Kudos to our 2018 Power or the Profession overall winners.

Talent Breakthrough of the Year 2018 – Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Supply Chain Academy was instrumental in building the skills necessary to deliver the company’s ambitious business transformation goals. The supply chain organization saw the promotion of 22% of salaried employees and an 85% retention rate. Additionally, employee engagement results increased 10% year-over-year and exceeded the Conference Executive Board Global High Performing Norm in every category. These successes directly impacted the company’s success, resulting in 787 new product launches, a 67% improvement in product quality and the flawless execution of a $100 million multi-year store reset for 2,000 retailers.

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Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year 2018 – Pfizer

Since 1998, Pfizer has helped lead the global effort to eliminate trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. Through the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP), the largest disease mapping initiative ever, trachoma partners developed a smartphone-based system to create a household-level overview of trachoma incidence. These insights helped Pfizer dramatically scale its donation program to new levels. Over 121 million doses of antibiotic were donated in 2016, nearly double the year before. Today, the number of people requiring treatment for trachoma is roughly half its level in 2011.

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Well done!

Author Kevin O'Marah

Chief Content Officer, SCM World

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