Empowering Change: Catalysing Transformation: Shaping the Future

NürnbergMesse India started the second decade of its existence with a lighthouse project: The new conference "Sustainable Supply Chains India" (SSCI) from 22 to 23 November in New Delhi. The event focused on integrating supply chain management and sustainability in order to promote environmentally and socially responsible business practices. Discussions were centred around innovative insights and strategies for companies to address risks and opportunities within their supply chain in a cohesive manner, while also making progress towards sustainability goals.

Sustainability is no longer a mere buzzword but a global imperative. SSCI delved deep into four pivotal sectors—food, energy, mobility, and health—each holding a significant role in society and economy. These verticals, which collectively shape our daily lives, are also powerful agents for change.

The four key sectors highlighted at SSCI offered insights into creating operational efficiencies and cost savings while helping ensure business longevity.

More than 200 + leading sustainability experts, industry stakeholders, supply chain managers, technologists and policy makers converged at the event to gain new insights and network with industry leaders

The premiere edition of the event focused on critical and relevant topics including Digital tools for Sustainability Regulations, India's priority areas in The Circular Economy Framework, Sustainable Due Diligence - Human and Corporate, Sustainable Finance and Green Investment, Gati Shakti Plan's impact on transforming sustainable supply chains in India: Green Logistics, Cultivating Sustainable Millets Supply Chains for the Future, Revolutionizing Cold Chain Logistics for food loss reduction, Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Supply Chain for Universal Health Coverage, Climate-Friendly E-mobility and Green Hydrogen's role as the future fuel for decarbonizing supply chains.

The event received support from prominent bodies and organizations, notably GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which collaborated with SSCI as the Knowledge Partner. Additionally, SAP India played a pivotal role by joining as the Industry Partner, further enhancing the event's industry connections and expertise

The event was further supported and endorsed by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Germany Trade and Invest, Centre for Responsible Business, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and EU-REI (European Union – Resource Efficiency Initiative).

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For Sonia Prashar, Managing Director of NürnbergMesse India, sustainability is a subject close to her heart, “The challenges of building sustainable supply chains are vast, but so are the potential rewards. SSCI will be a catalyst for innovation and positive change, enabling us to create lasting impacts on the environment and society.

Organizations today are being driven by sustainability, with push from various sources such as consumers, employees, and regulators. As a result, maintaining visibility transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain is crucial. This entails the assessment of potential risks, as well as anticipation and mitigation of potential disruptions”.

India's sustainability drive
With initiatives such as "Make in India", "Atmanirbhar Bharat", "Zero Defect & Zero Effect" or "National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture", the government in India is focusing on developing sustainable production. With the slogan "One Earth, One Family, One Future", it gives high priority to measures against climate change. Today India is charting its way to be more involved in the global supply chains as it seeks to become the third largest economy by the end of this decade, with a low-cost, trainable workforce, a middle class with an estimated 250 million consumers and growing openness to trade and investment.

81 % Indian CxOs have increased sustainability investments from last year; furthermore, 8 in 10 supply chain executives are increasing their efforts toward sustainable supply chain operations.

These figures underscore the need for a comprehensive approach to sustainability, tailored to local dynamics.

NürnbergMesse at the forefront of Sustainability
Sustainability is also always considered at the parent company in Nuremberg. In its first sustainability report, NürnbergMesse 2021 vouched for its more than ten-year commitment to sustainability and social responsibility: The energy offensive for saving electricity and heat energy, Halls 3A and 3C as beacons for sustainable construction, the expansion of photovoltaics for its own renewable power plant infrastructure, which began in 2023.

Customers benefit from this all around their participation in the fair – through reusable stand concepts, 100 % green electricity on the exhibition grounds and food from regional cultivation in catering. And the commitment is recognised – with the highest platinum seal of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and inclusion in the German Sustainability Code (DNK) and fairpflichtet, the sustainability code for the event industry.

"As a company, we are guided by the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations and also act accordingly," emphasises NürnbergMesse CEO Peter Ottmann. "All the more reason for us to raise awareness of sustainability among partners, customers and employees, both nationally and internationally."

The premiere edition of SSCI concluded on a successful note, attendees were able to gain the knowledge and inspiration needed to take tangible steps towards a more sustainable future. For more information about the event, please log on to

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