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Want to Keep Good ESG Data? Foster its Source

Industrial Distribution

How the suppliers that once fed the problem can contribute to its solution

By Costas Xyloyiannis

What’s clear from Deloitte’s Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey 2023 is that environmental and social governance (ESG) is now firmly on the corporate agenda. This year, it leapt right up the priority list, from seventh place to second.

Elevating ESG, however, is tough to deliver. In practice, it is hugely dependent upon good supplier data, which is notoriously hard to achieve and maintain. Exploring why turns the spotlight to its source: suppliers. So, are suppliers themselves the reason we struggle with data?

The answer is yes — but only reactively. Where we really should turn the spotlight is towards the experience suppliers receive as they serve big manufacturing brands.

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