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 

Table of figures

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. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG, sustainability and climate change services market forecast, and digital strategies to improve sustainability risk management. Her research expertise also includes manufacturing and retail industry subject matter expert, thought leadership, storytelling, emerging technology research and analysis (cloud, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, computer vision, IoT), sales enablement, competitive and SWOT analysis, market research, research operations. 

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