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Dr. Jan Joachim Herrmann
Partner at PwC Germany
Does our firm support poor working conditions, forced labour or other violations of human rights along the global supply chain? How do climate risks affect our supply chain, and what climate footprint do our products leave behind? Are we consistent enough in our social and ecological practices? More and more companies are facing questions like these. As the associated risks increase, so do the statutory requirements – and expectations on the part of various stakeholder groups.
Ensuring transparency about your own supply chain, leveraging digital solutions to increase efficiency and minimising detrimental effects on the environment and our fellow man – no easy feat in a global economy with complex value chains. Our supply chain management and sustainability experts can help you overcome these hurdles – from developing strategies to designing processes through to implementing organisational and digital structures.
"Sustainable supply chains are more stable; they anticipate regulatory developments and reduce reputational risks. In order to secure global supply chains, supply chain strategies have to factor in ecological and social concerns."
Three key drivers are increasing pressure on companies to make their value chains more sustainable:
Key stakeholder groups such as customers, employees, investors and business partners demand that companies be able to provide information at a moment's notice on how they ensure that minimum social and ecological standards are met in their own production facilities and by their suppliers. Transparency is key to a sustainable supply chain.
The benefits of sustainable supply chains
Companies need to take on a number of challenges on their quest for a sustainable supply chain. However, their effort is rewarded in many respects:
Companies must ask themselves a host of questions when integrating sustainable supply chains into their operations:
Our sustainable supply chain experts can help you implement your requirements. We will work with you to develop a company-specific strategy for analysing potential ecological and social risks, as well as the relevant management systems. In doing so, we will develop bespoke strategies for your supply chain and help you to implement them into your organisation, processes and digital presence.
This comprises the following elements:
PwC's sustainability experts have the know-how you need to help you establish a sustainable supply chain. We are familiar with the requirements of supply chain management and will help you devise the right strategy for your organisation to develop a sustainable supply chain and implement an audit and management system that is suited to your needs. We will work with you to develop specific organisational requirements – from supply chain inception, from the end customer to x-tier supplier. That's because if you understand your end customers within the individual industries, you can successfully adapt your supply chain.
We work closely with our internal supply chain, procurement, sustainability, audit and technology experts. In order to develop a supply chain strategy that fits your business model, we can offer you assistance from within our network of international and sector-specific specialists. Our experts will help you identify risks, understand regulatory changes and integrate them into your governance, IT and reporting structures.
"In this podcast episode of Tom Raftery's "Digital Supply Chain", our expert Dr Jan Joachim Herrmann discusses the requirements for companies with regard to sustainable supply chains and illustrates the opportunities that arise for companies when they rely on transparent and sustainable supply chains.
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"End customers are demanding sustainability in production more than ever before. In a first step, these requirements relate above all to B2C industries. However, this demands a consistently sustainable supply chain transparency right through to the last link in the value chain. Ultimately, all industries will have to accept that there will be corresponding changes in demand."
Dr. Jan Joachim Herrmann
Partner Sustainability Services, PwC Germany
Partner, Sustainability Services, PwC Germany
Director, PwC Germany
Tel: +49 1516 2904732