Strategic Focus: Building Resilience Through Supply Chain Sustainability

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Executive Summary

Sustainability issues in supply chains – such as modern slavery and deforestation – are hot-button topics that increasingly expose firms to legal, operational and reputational risks. As a result, organizations need to ensure a comprehensive approach to ESG matters that incorporates supply chain sustainability management as a core element of their business strategy. This report highlights the main drivers and challenges around supply chain sustainability, and provides executives in sustainability, procurement and supply chain operations roles with recommendations for achieving their supply chain ESG goals. 

Table of contents

Supply Chain Sustainability Is Crucial For Business Resilience
Management Of ESG Risks Is Moving Up The Corporate Agenda 
Firms Should Consider The Challenges In Managing Supply Chain ESG Risk
Three Winning Factors For Supply Chain Sustainability 

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Figure 1. Main Drivers of Commitment To ESG And Sustainability Issues
Figure 2. New Wave Of Regulations Tackling Supply Chain Sustainability

About the authors

Elisa Molero


Elisa Molero is a research analyst specialised in ESG & Sustainability. Her background is in Economics (BSc University of Navarra). She holds a minor in leadership and governance. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master’s degree in Global Politics with Distinction at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology and services. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG regulatory and market drivers, sustainability reporting, risk management, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact.  Knickle has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering, and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.  Knickle holds a MBA from Boston University and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell.

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