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A.T.Kearney and RapidRatings: Procurement Leaders Prioritize Risk Management Among Most Strategic Responsibilities

A new report by A.T.Kearney and RapidRatings shows that supply chain risk management has climbed in priority among most companies, based on current geopolitical volatility.

According to the research, most companies (78 percent of typical companies and 90 percent of procurement leaders) expect their procurement organizations to be given more responsibility for managing risk in the next two years.

A.T.Kearney and RapidRatings provided the following report highlights:

The report, "Managing Supply Risk: Are You Prepared for a Black Swan Event?"concludes that while disruptions are inevitable, procurement is often unprepared for responding. Organizations that can quickly identify, diagnose, and resolve such issues are best positioned to proactively manage their supply chain risk. The companies that invest in risk management practices that link procurement, category, and supplier management strategies produce optimal results.

Other insights from the report include the following:

-Top 5 predictions likely to impact supply chains in the coming year

-Overview of financial health by country, supply market, and public vs. private company

-Involvement of 90 percent of procurement leaders in corporate risk management initiatives

-Companies' expectation that procurement organizations will have greater responsibility for managing risk in the next two years

Carrie Ericson, vice president with A.T.Kearney Procurement and Analytic Solutions, and co-author of the study, commented, "Most organizations acknowledge that supply disruption will occur. Unfortunately, few have invested in the systems and programs needed to respond quickly and efficiently to increased geopolitical unrest and the unpredictability of natural disasters."

The report also demonstrates, with comparison across industries and regions, how RapidRatings' FHRcan be effectively used to analyze the financial health of public and private companies globally. It is the second time a study such as this has been published showing how combining the mega trends analysis with a micro bottom-up company and industry analysis provides procurement executives with relevant industry insights to make informed risk management decisions.

"We're seeing companies place greater emphasis on brand reputation and operational resilience than ever before. Disruptions are inevitable, and the best way to mitigate risks in the supply chain is by fostering an agile organization armed with the right tools to select the strongest partners," explains James H. Gellert, RapidRatings Chairman and CEO. "However, many supply management organizations report a lack in capacity, bandwidth, and technology to address potential risks. Using financial health as a KPI is the clearest proxy to see how suppliers will withstand geopolitical, economic, and market turmoil and continue to operate resiliently."

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