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An Introduction | Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards

The Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards strives to celebrate organisations excelling in Supply Chain Management in Africa. The organisations who work throughout the supply chain profession have a unique view on what makes the world go around. Managing a supply chain is so much more than moving goods and is a complex role within any organisation to ensure its success and relevance in this volatile world we live in.

VISION Through introducing the Supply Chain Excellence awards we aim to:

  • Facilitate / promote economic growth on the African continent through fostering and promoting globally competitive supply chains.

  • Raise the operating standards of all key players / operators to enable globally competitive / efficient supply chains.

  • To advance the supply chain profession (through collaboration and awareness creation).

  • Promote the creation of responsible and sustainable supply chains, as well as Industry benchmarking.

  • Look at supply chain management holistically and all the components of a globally competitive supply chain.


  • Recognise excellence in supply chains through annual awards.

  • Support industry operators to improve their standards of performance through:

    • Best practice sharing (case studies; facilitated collaboration forums)

    • Networking

    • Access to tools, methodologies etc. (e.g., green supply chain)

    • Supply chain management focus

    • Holistic approach to foster industry collaboration (e.g., multi modal, intermodal collaboration)

    • By the Industry. For the Industry


The African free trade agreement has come into effect unlocking the movement of goods and services throughout the continent. Whilst there are still many challenges and obstacles to overcome, it will potentially unlock a market of over 1.3 billion people with an estimated GDP of over US$2.6 - $4 trillion.

The objectives of the agreement are to:

  • Initiative a single market, deepening economic integration of the continent.

  • Promote the movement of capital and people, encouraging investment.

  • Enhance competitiveness of member states within Africa and the global market.

  • Encourage Industrial development through diversification and regional value chain development, agricultural development and food security.

  • Eliminate import tariffs on 97% of goods traded on the continent.


It is envisioned that the awards continue annually. Below is a list of the type of categories that are planned. The Judging Panel will play an integral part in finalising the categories.

  • Breaking Borders Award: Freight forwarding focused

  • Covid Champion Award: Supply chains have come under the spotlight during the COVID pandemic.

  • Excellence In Supply Chain Education and Youth Programmes:

  • Innovation And Transformation in Supply Chain Projects/Operations

  • Judges spotlight award

  • Responsible Sourcing and Procurement Award

  • Supply Chain Sustainability Award

  • Supply Chain Digital and Innovation

  • Trailblazing Collaborations Award

  • The Future of Transport Award

  • SME category

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Women in Supply Chain Management award

  • Association Specific Award

About the Founding Partners

Ecotegrity Consulting and Communications was founded by Liesl De Wet who is an experienced climate reality leader and sustainability thinker with particular experience in the logistics sector in South Africa. Ecotegrity prides itself in assisting companies and management teams to achieve their sustainability efforts and goals through:

  • Thorough Industry knowledge and expertise on the topic (over 15 years of experience in corporate sustainability programmes), with a focus on Green transport (Freight) and green supply chains.

  • Strong Marketing and communication experience

  • Application of business coaching expertise to empower teams and sustainability leaders within the organization.

  • Setting up for success: ensure the fundamentals are in place in terms of reporting and data capturing and aligning policies, strategy etc.

Upavon Management is a vibrant organisation that offers strong day to day event and general management of associations, institutions and volunteer run programmes. For over 25 years Upavon achieves the greatest success by being the leaders in professional association and event management on both a local and global perspective. Upavon was formed in 1995 in South Africa by Clive and Jenny Froome and was founded as a company to deal specifically with conference, events and incentive travel as well as the day-to-day management of Professional Associations.

For more information regarding the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards please contact:

Liesl on +27 (0) 82 923 0559

Clare on +27 (0)73 613 3670


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