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New pressures in the supply chain 

As consumers and regulators increase their expectations of a company's ability to manage environmental, social, ethical and safety issues on a life-cycle basis throughout their supply chain, impacts are being felt from primary industry to retail. In this context, securing a continued supply is an ever growing challenge and potentially a threat to sustainable growth.

Evolving demand patterns, changes in supply environment and government policy intervention are affecting supply and demand balance, putting pressure on the resources available and leading to scarcity concerns. The evidence for this is apparent in supply shortages, commodity price increases and high volatility.


Many leading companies are already acting boldly to respond to these challenges by using alternative supplier partnership models, proactively developing suppliers or driving innovation and substituting raw materials. The reward is manifold as the longer-term gains from building a fully sustainable supply chain extend beyond regulatory compliance and customer approval to unforeseen strategic and cost reduction opportunities. 

  

Our Supply Chain Services

 

KPMG’s team of sustainability supply chain professionals in member firms around the world can help you to find the right answers and support you in developing a global approach towards sourcing and supplier relationships which take into account the relevant characteristics of specific value chains and a longer term perspective.Our supply chain services include assisting with:

 

  • Strategic analysis (e.g. impact on cost to service, carbon profiling, overall positioning)
  • Diagnostics
  • Benchmarking and supplier assessments
  • Business case development
  • Implementation support and
  • Performance monitoring.

 

Our teams can deliver tailored strategies that create value for your organisation and can assist you in unlocking the opportunities for cost reduction, revenue growth, reputation enhancement and risk management within your supply chain.


 

Case Study: Conflict Minerals

KPMG firms are advising companies in a variety of sectors on addressing the challenges of conflict minerals. This includes:

 

  • The development of conflict minerals policy and strategy
  • Development and implementation of supply chain management systems that comply with the SEC requirements
  • Supplier identification, assessments and country of origin enquiries
  • Development of monitoring mechanisms and roll out

 

Discover more about conflict minerals.

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Esther Rodriguez

Esther Rodriguez

Associate Director

KPMG in the UK

020 7311 3328

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