Procurement Intelligence : Supplier Risk Assessment

“I reviewed the supplier assessment report yesterday. It is very good and exactly what we needed, in-depth and thorough. I would be happy to act as a reference for new clients in the future. “

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Supplier Risk Assessments & Monitoring

Supply Market Intelligence & Comprehensive Business, Financial and Sustainability (BFS) Assessments for your Critical Suppliers

Every organization has a set of critical suppliers, which are deeply integrated into the supply chain, and any risk to these critical suppliers can cause supply chain disruptions for the organisation. Therefore it becomes important for organisations to stay aware and updated about any potential risk to these critical suppliers. While, leading organisations have embraced supplier risk assessments, these are often equated with the unilateral approach of reviewing financial performance, to ensure that suppliers are not staring at insolvency. However, such financial assessments point only to the symptoms (financial health indicators), but fail to identify the underlying business conditions that actually result in deterioration of their financial health. To address this shortcoming, we have developed a proprietary risk assessment framework – BFS – that monitors supplier risk across 250+ Business, Financial & Sustainability risk indicators. We also have a comprehensive supplier monitoring framework in place to capture, filter, analyse and present all important developments related to the suppliers.

BFS – Our Comprehensive Risk Assessment Framework

The BFS framework not only does a thorough analysis of a supplier’s financial health, it also assess the business ecosystem, and sustainability performance to uncover any and every potential risk. The framework, assesses the suppliers on more than 250 indicators, and the performance is analysed keeping the suppliers industry, geography, and scale in context to gauge its exposure to potential risks. The findings of the analyses are presented to the clients in easy to understand actionable intelligence reports, which highlight prominent risks and pointers which the client should consider while engaging with the supplier. BFS has been well received by our clients and they see it as a boost to their strategic sourcing endeavours.

An indicative list of parameters used for BFS assessment:

Business Assessment

  • Industry Ranking/Market Share
  • Industry & Geographic Trends
  • Technological Disruption
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Strategy
  • Management Strength
  • Geopolitical Risks
  • Policies and Regulation
  • Revenue Diversification
  • Supply Side Constraints

Financial Assessment

  • Revenue Growth
  • Profitability
  • Turnover Ratios
  • Management Efficiency Ratios
  • Cost Structure
  • Liquidity Position
  • Operating Leverage
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Altman-Z Bankruptcy Analysis
  • Solvency Analysis

Sustainability Assessment

  • Environmental Performance
  • Employee Practices
  • Health and Safety
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Responsible Marketing
  • Customer Engagement
  • Community Relationships
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Corporate Governance
  • Information Security
  • Business Continuity Plan

Supplier Intelligence Solution

Also, as modern supply chains spread across continents, CPO’s need rapid, wider and deeper coverage on their supply chains to effectively monitor the risks related to their critical suppliers. Our multi-pronged approach to supplier monitoring in addition to the BFS assessments, comprises of tracking of supplier developments, real time alerts on critical updates; quarterly/ half-yearly earnings update on public suppliers; and newsletters covering suppliers and supply markets. This solution has proven useful for category managers, who can use this filtered yet comprehensive dose of information to keep a tab on their suppliers as well categories and proactively plan for their supplier engagement.

The solution is delivered through a comprehensive set of deliverables:

  • Real-time Alerts on Critical Developments
  • Periodic Newsletters on Suppliers
  • Periodic Newsletters on Supply Markets
  • Periodic Reports on Major Risk Indicators
  • Quarterly Financial Performance Update
  • Dashboards Monitoring Risk Profile of Suppliers


An indicative list of parameters monitored:

Supplier Monitoring

  • Financial Penalties
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Information security breach
  • Change in credit rating
  • Strategic Announcements
  • Client Wins/Losses
  • Management change
  • Growth/ Expansion Plans
  • Product/ Service Upgrade
  • Litigations and Lawsuits
  • Awards and Recognition

Supply Chain Monitoring

  • Industry Trends
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Competitor Strategy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Market Growth
  • Technological Developments
  • Clients Acquisitions by Key Players
  • Analyst Opinion
  • Expert Opinion
  • New offerings by Key Players