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How sustainable supply chains can unlock net zero emissions

January 6, 2022

In brief

Building resilient and responsible supply chains for the future


of all global emissions are generated by supply chains

Supply chains are challenged like never before…


of CEOs say they’re grappling with supply chain interruptions due to extreme climate events.


of CEOs in food and beverage are concerned about accessing natural resources due to extreme weather.


of CEOs say supply chain disruptions are a top-three risk in shifting to a low-carbon economy.


of CEOs say sustainability is a priority as they deal with the fallout of the pandemic.

…and many are struggling to respond


of CEOs say their companies haven’t started scenario analyses to build climate resilience—or only do so at a basic level.


say their early warning systems for climate risk events are basic or non-existent.


say that difficulty in measuring environmental, social and governance (ESG) data across the value chain is an obstacle to sustainability.

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

#1 Use the power of data and digital tech


say analytics on processes, equipment and products.


say AI-powered demand forecasting.


say autonomous and remote operations will be key.

3 in 4

CEOs are digitizing their supply chains, using advances in technology to expand the frontier of sustainability

#2 Get the workforce ready for resilience


of CEOs globally say they have begun geographically diversifying their workforce

#3 Treat carbon as a business cost


of CEOs from the largest companies have called on policymakers to ratify Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

#4 Focus on Scope 3 emissions


of overall emissions from fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies are Scope 3 emissions

Supply chains can lead the sustainability charge

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.

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