Partnering for Performance: The CFO and the Supply Chain

This report from EY examines the relationship between the CFO and the supply chain. The findings are based on a global survey and in-depth interviews. 

During the financial crisis, cost reduction became the top agenda for many CFOs. One of the first places CFOs go to cut costs is at the supply chain. Cost efficiency remained high on the corporate agenda, however, with companies getting used to navigating through volatility, the supply chain has taken on a new strategic role. 

CFOs and supply chain leaders are working increasingly together to understand, analyze and address supply chain issues. Companies that show strong partnering between the CFO and the supply chain leaders report better results than those with a traditional model in place. 


  • Executive summary
  • A new relationship between finance and the supply chain?
  • Who are the business partners?
  • Business partnering in action
  • Creating consistency across the supply chain, the business and corporate strategy
  • Supporting and challenging investment choices
  • Monitoring and enhancing performance
  • Managing risk and business continuity
  • Ten steps for CFOs
  • Survey respondent demographics

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