How Cambodia’s Children Will Learn From Supply Chain Leaders Insights


  The inaugural Supply Chain Leaders Insights event—latest coaching and education brainchild of Rob O’Byrne—took place on 26th October, 2016. This supply chain “conference with a difference” was hailed as a great success by delegates. Indeed, many participants stated their intention to return to SCLI in 2017, having gained a wealth of valuable knowledge from the round-table sessions with supply chain experts. It seems only appropriate then, that attendees of such an educational event should be a source of learning for more than 6,000 impoverished children in the Asian nation of Cambodia. Those children will make up just some of the beneficiaries from the event’s ticket sales proceeds, all of which went to worthy non-profit ventures chosen by Supply Chain Leaders Insights delegates.   Gaining Knowledge, Giving Hope Along with the Cambodian Hope Organization’s “School on a Mat” program, donations from ticket sales went via the Buy1Give1 social enterprise to provide clean water in Ethiopia, educational supplies for children in Nepal, and IT training for indigenous communities in Australia. Did you ever think it possible that simply by attending a supply chain conference, you could contribute directly to the welfare of those who would otherwise go without? That’s surely a win-win situation if ever one existed. But what about those Cambodian children, and what’s the significance of the Supply Chain Leaders Insights donations to the School on a Mat program?   Cambodian Children and the Poverty-Cycle Many children in Cambodia, especially those living in rural areas, are trapped in a cycle of poverty without hope of ever realising their academic potential. Many villages have no school whatsoever, and no educational facilities may exist for many kilometres, leaving residents without access to schooling for their children. Many rural Cambodian families are so poor that children must begin working at an early age, and all too often either turn to, or...

5 Countries to Think About When You Drink a Glass of Water


Through partnership with the charity organisation B1G1, Rob O’Byrne and his consulting company, Logistics Bureau, have provided close to 1.5 million days of access to fresh water for people in countries where that simple commodity is a life-saving luxury. In conducting the normal, day-to-day business of supply chain and logistics consulting, Rob’s team and his customers save lives by donating a small amount of Logistics Bureau’s revenue to those who can’t just take a glass of water when they feel a little thirsty.   Why We Shouldn’t Take a Glass of Water for Granted It’s easy to forget that there are places in the world where fundamentals like clean water are missing from people’s lives, but sharing a few facts about five of those places might just give you something to think about the next time you fill your glass with water from your kitchen tap.   1. Bangladesh In Bangladesh, some 100,000 children die every year from diseases related to contaminated water. High concentrations of arsenic exist in the country’s groundwater, on which Bangladeshis rely. This contamination has led to the official closure of many wells, although a general lack of water forces people to continue using them. Where wells are not available, community members are forced to draw their water from ponds or ditches, hence the high death toll resulting from diarrheal disease.   2. Afghanistan Access to fresh water in Afghanistan is shrinking by the day, thanks to the many years of war that have torn the country to shreds. The percentage of people who are able to drink clean water in Afghanistan is the lowest in the world. Even in the nation’s capital, Kabul, 80% of the population has no way to obtain safe, potable water to drink.   3. Ethiopia Just 42% of the Ethiopian population has access to an improved water supply and...

A Conversation that Matters


Rob O’Byrne talks to Paul Dunn about ‘things that matter’.