Skip to main content Skip to footer

How supply chain sustainability helps unlock resilience and growth

March 30, 2023 5-MINUTE READ


In brief

Opening our eyes to the Scope 3 supply chain opportunities


of all global emissions are generated by supply chains

Supply chains continue to face complex challenges…


say they’re seeing the impact of inflation and price volatility on their businesses, with


stating that the impact is high


say climate change is having a moderate or high impact on their companies


say global conflict and warfare is affecting their organizations


are feeling the effect of growing political polarization

Sustainability is core to resilience


Virtually all CEOs now see their role as making the business more sustainable


of CEOs are duplicating and diversifying supply chains to make them stronger


are localizing supply chains to build resilience

Building responsible supply chains


of CEOs are transitioning to circular business models

5 in 10

Around half of CEOs in chemicals (52%), natural resources (53%) and construction (48%) expect circularity to have a high impact on their industry

6 in 10

This rises to 62% among automotive CEOs

The power of data


of CEOs are improving their visibility of the social impact of their value chains


of CEOs are enhancing sustainability data collection


of software and platform CEOs think data integration across value chain partners will have a high impact on their industry

Supply chains powered by digital technology and data, plus a more diverse workforce, can help drive up sustainability and resilience.

Innovations embed sustainability

1 in 4

24% of consumer goods CEOs expect geolocation technology to have a high impact on mapping supply chain risks

1 in 3

34% of industrial CEOs think materials passports will have a high impact on transparency

1 in 2

Almost half (46%) of CEOs at high-tech companies feel R&D into materials substitutes will have a high impact on their industry

Focus on Scope 3 emissions


of all CEOs are reducing total Scope 3 emissions


of automotive CEOs are reducing total Scope 3 emissions

Unlocking pathways to resilience, growth and sustainability

Kris Timmermans

Lead – Supply Chain & Operations

Kris leads Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations function and is a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.

Matias Pollmann-Larsen

Managing Director – Global Sustainable Value Chain Lead, Supply Chain & Operations