Sustainable Value Chain Management

Every company is involved in value chains. Regionally and/or internationally. Through upstream suppliers for its own value creation. As OEM and supplier. Or as a supplier for the end customers.

Problems with value chains have been brought to the fore in 2020 by the pandemic and by trade conflicts. The EU wants to solve these with its trade strategy “open strategic autonomy” of 18.02.2021.

And so the management of those parts of the value chain that converge at the CFO and Treasurer is also coming into focus.

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Panels 2021

Fixing the “last mile” in digitization
… and productivity gains you can expect

Why do companies need digital and programmable money?
… and which payment strategies are already to be implemented

How companies will be affected by the EU’s Green Deal
… and where bank assistance will be helpful

Competitiveness and ESG compliance – contradiction or opportunity?
…high ranking Policy Maker panel

CFO and Treasurer succession – change of paradigm knocking on the door?
… Young Talents will challenge experienced CFO values

Alpbach Interest Rate and FX Forecast – will overvaluation be the new normal?
… what the prices of government bonds, real estate, Bitcoin and Tesla tell us

In addition, about 23 workshops will present user experience with new services in the areas of Corporate Finance, Payment/IT and Risk Management.

The Alpbach Finance Symposium 2021 shows and discusses which challenges medium-sized and large companies are facing in value chain management and which solutions CFO’s and treasurers of excellent companies have already taken for the sustainability of their supply chains:

Topics 2021

  • Financing (Supply Chain Finance; Working Capital Management, Factoring Solutions, Reverse Factoring, Dynamic Discounting)

  • Full digitalization and automation of the data budget and value chain processes (payment and billing processes, receivables and default risk management, ERP integration, RPA (Robotic Process Automation), ML (Machine Learning)).

  • Payment solutions with new technologies (e-Invoicing; Sepa RTP (Request to Pay), EPI (European Payment Intitiative), Instant Payment, PSD2, Decoupled Debit Cards, Pay per use, 5G and programable Digital Money)

  • Security solutions for the information system in the group of companies and their suppliers and customers (IT security, cloud use, hybrid clouds, national firewalls, GDPR, cyber security)

  • Sustainability reporting and ESG strategy as CFO task (measurement of quantitative and qualitative ESG criteria; ESG value chain financing; ESG rating)

  • Green Finance: CO2 and ESG criteria in the company and in the value chain to ensure compliance with EU climate targets and the Green Investment Plan.

  • Reducing risks in production and sales and ensuring economies of scale (reducing amortization periods for investments, making costs more flexible, reassessing production and sales locations)

  • Value chain risk management; proactive “regulatory watch” to identify business and liability risks in a timely manner; new risk parameters and risk management tools;hedging of supplier and default risk