WEBINAR Sustainability in Supply Chain Finance: Need, Challenges and Opportunities
Supply chain finance (SCF) is important for SMEs for several reasons, such as improving cash flow, expanding access to capital, and strengthening supplier relationships.
Key stakeholders, including large companies, financial institutions, and technology platforms, can play an important role in designing solutions to support SME clients in creating tools to boost the sustainable transition throughout the supply chain, leveraging on financing, capacity building, and sustainability initiatives. The sustainability-linked supply chain finance applies a pricing benefit to suppliers who meet predefined sustainability criteria – GHG emissions and/or other ESG KPIs – which promotes the idea of turning supply chain finance into a tool to finance and help buyers incentivize the suppliers’ transition to sustainability.
During this session, the speakers shared the following topics:
The need for sustainability in supply chain finance:
- Benefits to buyers and suppliers, especially SMEs;
- Opportunity for FIs to offer differentiated offerings to their large corporate clients;
- Challenges and opportunities in transforming supply chains to sustainable supply chains;
- Integrating ESG and green finance with SCF to achieve social, climate, and environment-friendly benefits.
The panelists shared their views on global trends in sustainable supply chains, best practices, and success stories.
In addition, a new Community of Practice on Supply Chain Finance was launched at the webinar.
If you are interested in joining or learning more, please send an email to Khrystyna L. Kushnir.
Wagner Albuquerque de Almeida, Director, Global Manufacturing‚ Agribusiness, and Forestry, IFC
Wagner is a Brazilian national, Wagner joined IFC in 2010 and had several roles covering different Industries and Regions (Global Director of MAS since November 2022; acting Director of the Credit and Investment Risk Department between April - November 2022; Regional Chief Risk Officer (RCRO) for LAC, Europe, Central Asia, and Türkiye, based in Washington DC between December 2020 - November 2022; RCRO for Africa and MENA between November 2015 - November 2020; and as the Chief Credit Officer covering Financial Institutions Group and Manufacturing‚ Agribusiness and Services industries based in Africa between March 2010 - October 2015). Wagner started his international career 30+ years ago and prior to IFC worked in Sao Paulo, New York, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Johannesburg in well-regarded Global Financial Institutions such as ABN AMRO (10 yrs), Deutsche Bank (8 yrs), and Banco Itau (4 yrs), and at Monsanto (1 yr).
Rajesh Mehra, Practice Lead for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Financial Institutions Group covering Asia and Pacific at IFC.
Rajesh leads client engagements and advisory projects covering Supply Chain Finance, Trade and Transaction Banking across the region. Rajesh is a seasoned Transaction Banker with over 30 years of experience in Corporate Banking, Trade, and Supply Chain Finance, covering Sales, Product Management, and Operations primarily with Standard Chartered Bank. He has worked in leadership roles in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa managing business across a wide footprint. Rajesh specializes in Open Account Trade, Documentary Trade, Receivable Purchases, Distributor and Supplier Finance Solutions, Structured Warehouse Financing, and SME Banking. In his Group and Regional Trade Finance roles, Rajesh was instrumental in developing and growing documentary and commodity-based products such as Structured Warehouse Finance and Agri Finance. In Africa, Rajesh developed and implemented a strategy to materially shift the business from traditional lending to Open Account and Documentary Trade Finance. He was also instrumental in launching and growing the Supply Chain Finance business for Standard Chartered Bank in India. Rajesh is an Honours Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
Qamar Saleem, SME Finance Forum CEO, the world’s leading center for knowledge exchange, good practice promotion and public-private dialogue in this field.
Prior to this role, Qamar was the Manager Financial Institutions Group Advisory Services for Asia and Pacific driving leading a large team across 20 countries aimed at providing integrated investment/advisory client solutions across mainly MSME, Gender, Climate, Digital, Housing, Trade, and Supply Chain Finance. Qamar has been with IFC since 2012 and served in his previous roles as global technical lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance as well as regional SME Banking lead for EMENA. Qamar has 30+ years of global financial services experience having worked across 60+ countries internationally managing large business lines while leading multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. He is a recognized thought leader, featured speaker, and an industry mentor in SME Finance. Prior to joining IFC, Qamar was associated with international organizations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank as well as large regional banks while serving in several emerging markets where he also led SME Banking and Commercial Banking Divisions. Qamar holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and carries several certifications in the areas of Strategy, Climate Finance, Digital Banking, Business Transformation, Social Impact, MSME Banking, Team Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Sales Effectiveness, Transaction Banking and Project Implementation.