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How can organisations benefit from integrating ESG metrics into Supply Chain Finance (SCF) programs using digital technologies?

Executive summary

Economic volatility and corporate social responsibility can disrupt business in today's uncertain economic environment. As supply chain finance (SCF) becomes an effective method that improves supply chain financial performance, the demand for sustainable products and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics continues to grow.

Sustainable SCF is a practice that considers the impact of ESG while providing financing services to the stakeholders. It uses SCF mechanisms to incentivise sustainable behaviors by providing tangible incentives to suppliers and buyers. By offering suppliers cheaper working capital in return for their investment in better environmental practices, banks and corporates can hit their ESG targets while giving consumers what they want.

Despite the growing importance and the monetary benefits of sustainable SCF, its implementation has many challenges and barriers, including data collection, sharing, and analysis. With the advent of the latest technologies and as SCF is becoming digital, sustainable SCF is becoming less complex and cumbersome. These technologies can access untapped data in the supply chain, providing deeper visibility and sustainability benefits to global buyers, finance providers, and suppliers.

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  • How do SCF programs work, and what are the benefits for every involved stakeholder.
  • The challenges and the barriers that companies face in embedding a sustainability dimension to their supply chains.
  • How digitisation creates new growth opportunities for businesses that want to develop a sustainable Supply Chain Finance strategy.

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