Powering Sustainability | How People and Data Unlock Sustainability Performance Together

June 13, 2024

On Thursday the 13th of June, David van der Lei, Global Commercial Sustainability Director at Perfetti Van Melle, will shed light on the intersection of sustainability, data-driven decision-making, and people-centric strategies. From the shop floor to the boardroom, we'll explore strategies for achieving sustainability goals without compromising on organizational values. David's insights into Perfetti Van Melle's innovative sustainability approach, balancing both people and data, promise to inspire and meaningful discussions. You are most welcome to join the discussion as we explore these exciting topics.

David van der Lei, Perfetti van Melle

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David van der Lei

Director Global Commercial Sustainability

David van der Lei is a passionate leader with ample experience in using technology to achieve his (business) goals. Before his current role at Perfetti Van Melle, he was in a marketing and eCommerce role at the same company. David does not only have a lot of experience in his role but he is also intimately acquainted with the workings of both his company and the sector it is in.

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In a world where terms like data-driven decision making and people based companies often get used as strategies on the opposite side of a spectrum, one can be forgiven for thinking that they have to choose one or the other. Data is of course not only becoming more important in terms of business but it is also crucial in tracing scope 3 impacts (and by extension in complying with the CSRD). It is, however, also crucial for achieving sustainability goals to have the right people at the right place and to also have buy-in from those people; from shopfloor to boardroom.

In the evolving landscape of sustainability and supply chain management, navigating through EUDR can be both challenging and enlightening. As leaders in this space, it's crucial to understand the implications of these concepts, especially concerning carbon tracking, footprint reduction, and optimizing supply chain operations.


Location: TBA, region Utrecht

17:30 | Start program (including presentation, discussion and a 3-course dinner)
20:30 | End of formal program, opportunity for informal networking


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