9 December 2016 – Vodafone won the Gold Award at the inaugural Supply Chain Finance Awards in Amsterdam last night against a field of competitors from across Europe, the United States and Asia.

The awards are not only the first to recognise excellence in supply chain finance, but to do so on a truly global scale.

Category winners included SABMiller, ArcellorMittal South Africa, Lufthansa and Puma, which also won the award for SCF innovation.

Joost van den Hondel, initiator and programme manager of the Betaalme.nu (Pay Me Now) programme, was named SCF Leader of the Year.

The awards – sponsored by Deutsche Bank – were presented at a gala dinner held at the Beurs van Berlage in central Amsterdam, following the SCF Community Forum.

Awards were presented across five industry sectors:

In addition, three special awards were given at the discretion of the judges:

  • The Gold Award for the best overall category-winning entry was presented to Vodafone
  • The SCF Innovation of the Year Award for the company that has offered the most interesting new product or approach to SCF was given to Puma.
  • The SCF Leader of the Year for the individual who has made the greatest contribution to developing supply chain finance was given to Joost van den Hondel, Betallme.nu.

Michiel Steeman, chair of the judging panel, commented: “It’s been a real pleasure to see such excellence and innovation being brought to bear on supply chain finance programmes the world over. Businesses across the globe are pushing the boundaries and finding new ways that supply chain finance can add value. I’m proud that, with these Awards, the Supply Chain Finance Community can give due recognition to these achievements.”

Bas Marteijn, managing director, head of trade finance Benelux at Deutsche Bank, said: “It’s good to put in the spotlight and celebrate the industry leaders in supply chain finance. It is an industry that has seen tremendous innovation over the past five years.”

The independent judging panel also comprised:

  •    Prof Dr Michael Henke, Fraunhofer Institute (vice chair)
  •    Andrea Giglio-Hug, senior advisor global trade management, ABB
  •    Anthony Buchanan*, treasurer, SABMiller Procurement*
  •    Beata Wandachowicz-Krason, supplier risk & supplier financing manager, Philips
  •    Jim Tapper*, assistant treasurer, Vodafone

(* These judges did not adjudicate in categories where their own company was an entrant)