McKinsey’s Spendscape delivers sustainable spend insights

Led by CEO Björn-Uwe Mercker, McKinsey’s Spendscape enables better spend sustainability insights through a dedicated technology and SaaS platform

Historically, there has been very little information around sustainability, therefore leaving organisations in a sea of speculation, and more support can never come soon enough. In the corporate world, businesses turn to the consultants for insight—to understand their first steps in environmental, social and governance (ESG). 

The management consultancy firm McKinsey recognises the importance of this through its own commitments, but also through its engagement with clients and the technologies it shares to support their spend management efforts. The company itself plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and, through the use of the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), is actively cutting its carbon footprint globally. 

McKinsey’s plans include 100% renewable energy adoption by 2025 and an overall reduction across emissions types, including a significant focus on reducing Scope 3 from client-related business travel. 

How McKinsey supports companies in pursuit of sustainable spend

One of the key factors enabling sustainable development is information. Consultancies are at the heart of environmental, social and economic activities, particularly in the supply chain, which has become a key area of focus for organisations globally. With deep expertise in this area, McKinsey supports clients digitally to transform their procurement actions. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows the company to share its expertise through a dedicated spend transparency platform—Spendscape

Combining the firm’s unique expertise and software, clients can unlock transparency, gain insight into their spend, and turn all of this into much greater impacts for the business and its stakeholders. 

Enabling spend transparency

McKinsey’s expertise lies in establishing clear visibility of spend through groundbreaking data management solutions. This ensures reliable analytics and decisions with a single data source that is accurate and uses advanced extract, transform and load (ETL) techniques to gather various data forms in one place. 

The company’s comprehensive approach includes cleansing and enriching data, drawing on its own extensive supplier database and categorisation tools.

Delivery sustainable insight 

McKinsey’s Spendscape delivers detailed spend analysis and integrated market and risk data. Its Analytics Innovation Hub is at the forefront of this as it predicts and adapts to the changing needs of businesses. Spendscape’s specialised Carbon & Sustainability Analytics solution aligns spending patterns with the Catalyst Zero solution that is able to fact-check Scope 3 emissions data and insight. 

Creating impact opportunities for businesses

Spendscape's Wave module ensures that insights lead to measurable actions and aligns reported savings with actual financial baselines. The platform's alerting and recommendation capabilities autonomously monitor KPIs, prompt necessary actions, and minimise user workload. Spendscape enhances client engagement and results through workshops, skill enhancement, and data-centric performance conversations, ensuring clients fully leverage the Spendscape platform.

How does the Spendscape platform look? 

The platform itself is built for the above capabilities: transparency, Insight and impact. It first leverages data to transform it into a single source of truth. Through data cleansing and categorisation, users leverage its Global Supplier Knowledge Base and data categorisation engine that achieve accuracy from the early stages. 

Using a variety of tools, companies are then able to analyse their data in a usable format to visualise carbon emissions and sustainable impacts.

Who’s the CEO of Spendscape? 

Björn-Uwe Mercker holds a partnership position within McKinsey's Operations Practice, operating from Munich, Germany with a special emphasis on product development and procurement. He stands at the helm of Spendscape by McKinsey as the global leader and managing director, steering the firm's technology and services in spending intelligence, cost analysis, and value management.

With McKinsey since 2004, Björn-Uwe has been instrumental in driving operational impact for a diverse clientele in sectors such as automotive, chemical, high-tech, oil and gas, and telecommunications. His expertise particularly shines in spearheading procurement transformations and value-capture initiatives.


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