While last year’s event was a celebration of Sonoco’s 120th anniversary, this year is special as we begin working to define a new decade with a new strategic vision. Sonoco’s focus for the future is being built of several key pillars: profitable growth, driving free cash flow, delivering against our own corporate sustainability goals, improving margin performance and expanding our portfolio of more sustainable products. I would add one more pillar, leveraging technology to improve our collective supply chain efficiency.
None of this is possible without collaboration and open lines of communication and that’s ultimately the goal of our conference; to create a dynamic, interactive opportunity for our suppliers to network with one another and with our team at Sonoco. In the end, supply chain partners like you are critical to our success in achieving our business objectives, so we’ll be spending time in our sessions providing details around how we can collaborate and succeed together. As always, we’ll celebrate the supply chain excellence we observed this past year by presenting awards to our outstanding partners who exhibited excellence in diversity, sustainability, innovation, and operational or productivity performance.
We’re also pleased to be able to use the proceeds from this event to fund student scholarships and to support outstanding diversity organizations, which helps us realize our corporate purpose, Better Packaging, Better Life.
I want to thank each of you for committing your time and resources to support this important event and we look forward to seeing you in May!
VP, Global Supply Management