ESG in indirect taxes, customs and trade

We help you on your journey towards a sustainable global strategy

Recent ESG developments may have caused paralysis at first. But in the face of persistent uncertainty, many companies are recognising the need to press ahead with change to modernise their trade programmes and make their operating footprints more sustainable.

The new ESG focus and increased use of environmental taxes will impact companies’ supply chains and thus trade and indirect tax functions in the coming years. Most companies are climbing a steep learning curve about ESG’s impact on business strategy, operations and competitiveness. Companies must analyse multiple business, operations, tax and tariff scenarios, understand the costs of different supply chain configurations as well as opportunities and make informed decisions quickly.

You need a modern, automated trade programme that connects data from across the organisation and empowers a cross-functional team of experts to review and revise pricing, sourcing and manufacturing decisions, as events unfold. The goal is a fast, flexible and sustainable global footprint – so you’re ready to respond no matter what the future brings. At the same time, a tough regulatory environment calls for a strong compliance foundation in the indirect taxes, and customs and trade compliance functions.

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Our services

Our PwC network of specialists brings you the interdisciplinary perspectives needed to make your trade strategy work for your business. From economic impacts on your industry, to trade legislative developments, from an environmental tax and incentives perspective, from product innovation to supply chain performance, we can help you navigate the uncertainty, speed up your cross-border activities, address your compliance requirements and keep you ahead of the competition.

We can help you with:

Ensuring indirect taxes, and customs and global trade as an ESG metric.

Expanding current disclosure processes, systems and controls to include indirect taxes, and customs and trade compliance.

Indirect taxes, and customs and trade compliance optimisation.

Determining the right format for indirect taxes, and customs and trade compliance information.

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Your benefits

Among others, your benefits include:

Sustainable indirect tax
Identification of risks and opportunities and implementation of sustainable indirect tax, and customs and trade compliance strategies to facilitate ESG transformation.

Identification of (non-) financial tax risks and opportunities
Including incentives and subsidies through energy efficiency projects of operations.

Navigation of the legal environment
Including licences, permits, and contractual obligations.

Data-driven compliance
Technology-enabled data management and green tax compliance.

Operational reporting
Inlcuding indirect taxes and customs and trade compliance communication processes.