In this News Desk interview, recorded at Celosphere 2022, Tom Smith speaks with Matthias Munzing, Vice President of Sales — DA-CH, EcoVadis, and Vivienne van Gestel-Becker, Director, Partner Development, Celonis. The three discuss the partnership between Celonis and EcoVadis, why sustainability is an executive imperative for the two companies, and how customers can benefit from the partnership.
00:56 — Where does the partnership between EcoVadis and Celonis fit within Celonis’ overall partner strategy?
01:06 — Van Gestel-Becker notes that the company’s partnership strategy places Celonis as “the central steering view” for customers to manage all of their processes. The partnership with EcoVadis is a way to enrich Celonis’ execution management system (EMS) with sustainability data.
02:16 — Munzing explains how EcoVadis brings transparency to sustainability relations with partners. The company is known to be the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings.
02:51 — How will customers combine the technologies from Celonis and EcoVadis? How will they benefit?
03:14 — Van Gestel-Becker says there are four main benefits for customers from the partnership:
- Informed decision making
- Measurable progress
- Communicating successes back to customers
05:13 — What are some near-term opportunities for customers as a result of the partnership?
05:17 — Compliance has become a key driver and a global trend suggests Munzing. Compliance is the “urgency piece that comes into action to embark on a much broader journey.”
06:21 — There are strong business incentives noted in EcoVadis’ client base who are positioning themselves as sustainable players.
06:50 — Where does sustainability fit within priorities for 2023?
07:45 — Companies are monitoring their suppliers and choosing to partner with those that have sustainability at the forefront of their operations. However, there are sustainability topics on the horizon that organizations have not yet anticipated. Supply chain challenges were not on customers’ and partners’ radars when the pandemic struck.
09:00 — “Operational excellence” as it relates to sustainability seems to be part of EcoVadis’ corporate DNA, suggests Tom.
09:11 — There is a correlation between companies that look at their suppliers and evaluate them from a sustainability perspective as well as how they function in an ever-changing environment. Focusing on sustainability has profound business impacts, notes Munzing.
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