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

Industry Analyst
Elisa Molero is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. Her current research agenda focuses on emerging solutions and global market trends around supply chain sustainability. Her background is in Economics, Leadership and Governance (BSc, University of Navarra). Prior to joining Verdantix, Elisa worked as a research analyst at the Centre For Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, where she completed a Master’s degree in Global Politics, with Distinction.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Knickle is Research Director of the ESG & Sustainability practice at Verdantix. Her research areas encompass ESG regulations and reporting, ESG risk, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact, and sustainable finance. Kim 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. Kim holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.

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