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Supply Chain Stewardship Is A Priority But Is Spend Growing?

Date: 29 December 2015

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Executive Summary

Supply chain sustainability, risk and resilience issues are increasingly becoming financially important as firms grapple with fair labour practices in supplier facilities and climate risks across production processes. What are the latest trends in supply chain sustainability management priorities? Which regions and industries are seeing spend increase for supply chain improvements? This report helps supply chain directors, procurement directors, EH&S managers and corporate sustainability executives benchmark their organization, and firms selling into these functions, to understand shifting trends in responsibility, budgets and priorities for supply chain stewardship activities across 21 industries and up to 16 territories. Verdantix found that two-thirds of sustainability executive respondents cited improving supply chain sustainability and compliance as important or very important and they also revealed increasing decision-making influence and budgetary contributions for supply chain stewardship.


Diverse Supply Chain Stewardship Priorities Stimulate Growth
Supply Chain Stewardship Continues To Be An Important Initiative For The Majority Of Executives
Sustainability Officers Are Thrust Into The Front Line Of Supply Chain Stewardship
Supply Chain Stewardship Budgets Will See Most Promising Growth In Europe


Figure 1. Importance Of Improving Supply Chain Stewardship
Figure 2. Importance Of Supply Chain Stewardship By Industry
Figure 3. Importance Of Supply Chain Stewardship By Region
Figure 4. Sustainability Executives’ Decision-Making Authority 2012 vs 2014
Figure 5. Sustainability Executives’ Budgetary Contributions 2012 vs 2014
Figure 6. Supply Chain Stewardship Budget Change
Figure 7. Supply Chain Stewardship Budget Change By Industry Group
Figure 8. Supply Chain Stewardship Budget Change By Region


Achilles, AECOM, Agrofinanzas, Alstom, Anglo American, AT&T, Bombardier Transportation, BSR, ConocoPhillips, Deutsche Bahn, EcoVadis, EY, Holcim, IKEA, Inter-American Development Bank, Kellogg’s, Knorr-Bremse, KPMG, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, PepsiCo, Railsponsible, Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee, SEDEX, SNCF, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Unilever