HR Challenges of Global Treasury

The twin challenges of being a people manager and handling essential cross function communications have always added to the technical and strategic demands of being a treasurer – and these have become more difficult with COVID and remote working. This report explores the approaches of five senior treasurers from Europe.

The peer group discussion was chaired by Damian Glendinning.

This report was compiled by Monie Lindsey.

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Treasury & FX in Egypt

To produce our report on Treasury & FX in Egypt we brought together practitioners from the Middle East & Europe who shared their recent experiences with accessing hard currency, local funding, local and international banks, employee dividends, collections, T&E and mobile money.

The peer group discussion was chaired by Arnaud Francq.

This report was produced by Monie Lindsey.

The Key Take Aways appear below. The full report is in the report library.

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Treasury Peer Panel : INDIA

Treasury Peer Panels are sessions in which a group of subject matter experts share knowledge, experiences and ideas with a member who brings a specialist treasury challenge to the table.

This session was requested by a member whose company plans to expand its business in India from $100m a year currently to $1bn. This raises a series of questions about how to manage M&A, since part of the growth is expected to be inorganic, as well as how to fund the business, manage working capital, and structure the treasury team and operations.

The peer panel was chaired by Damian Glendinning whose summary appears below.

This report and Key Take Aways (below) was produced by Monie Lindsey

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Real Experiences with APIs in Treasury

We were pleased to host two sessions with our peer group members and John Laurens and Mark Troutman from DBS Bank in Singapore. We selected DBS because they are making significant progress in the digital space, and have the good fortune to have recently revamped all their internal systems, making it easier to align them with today’s technology.

The sessions followed on from our technology series, where treasurers agreed we are moving to real-time treasury and instant data – but felt that they did not have the budgets, and were not in a position, to drive this change. According to John Laurens, a large budget is no longer required – and these changes are often coming into the business outside treasury. The discussions were lively: it is possible that they show the path forward.

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Time to dust down the inflation tool kit?

In December 2020, The Economist (a weekly newspaper) said ‘a surge in inflation looks unlikely. But it’s worth keeping an eye on’. Six months on, the spectre of inflation is still with us. However, the issue for treasurers isn’t whether high inflation will come back, it’s whether they are ready for it if it does. So is it time to dust down the inflation tool kit?

We polled our peer group of senior treasury professionals from MNCs and found that although treasurers are clearly concerned about inflation, with eighteen per cent currently making impact  assessments and eleven per cent believing their treasury is prepared, a majority (53%) of them have not (yet) explored how inflation will impact their treasury operations. 

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Treasury & FX in Nigeria

The immediate trigger for this call was a recent move by the Nigerian central bank, which devalued the naira and made a move to unify the FX market by eliminating the dual rate system, which provided different official rates according to the use of the funds. The participants in the call welcomed this move, but none was finding it any easier to access foreign currency: the dollar availability is typically a small fraction of the requirement.

This call was chaired by Damian Glendinning whose commentary appears below.

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ESG in Treasury Practice

What can treasury do to support ESG initiatives? This report covers the experiences of eight senior treasurers from Europe and the USA who have started the journey. ESG now seems to be very seriously at the board level, with companies prepared to accept reduced financial returns to meet ESG objectives. Some participants are even reviewing business models and calling into question the traditional focus on growth. Many expressed frustration at the lack of generally accepted standards to set targets and measure progress, though, over time, progress is being made.

This report was based on a Treasury Peer call chaired by Damian Glendinning

This report was compiled by Monie Lindsey.

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FX & Treasury in Indonesia

Our Treasury Peer Report on Indonesia, explores the experiences of a small group in a detailed exchange on their current treasury activities. Although Indonesia has a strong commitment to liberal economic policies, it has, over the years, introduced measures designed to protect the local currency (the rupiah, IDR), as well as the financial system. It has a notoriously difficult tax system, and, despite repeated attempts at reform, it continues to perform poorly in the annual perception surveys of Transparency International: it comes in 102nd out of the 180 countries surveyed, with a score of 37/100.

This call was chaired by Damian Glendinning, whose commentary appears below.

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Treasury & FX in Turkey

The current situation in Turkey has all the hallmarks of the situations treasurers typically face in complex countries: political uncertainty, fast changing regulations, difficulty repatriating cash, FX volatility, high interest rates, liquidity issues, unexpected tax increases, etc, etc. In addition, the country has borders with one of the world’s most volatile regions, and it relies heavily on tourism, with the associated impact from COVID 19.

The report is based on a Treasury Peer Call which took place on 30th March 2021.

The call was expert chaired by Damian Glendinning, whose commentary appears below.

This report was produced by Monie Lindsey

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Treasury & FX in Taiwan

Our Treasury Peer Report on Taiwan covers the approaches of multinationals to issues such as intercompany netting, cross border sweeping and cash transfers and hedging (onshore and offshore) – see moderators comments below.

The report is based on a Treasury Peer Call which took place on in February 2021 .

The call was expert chaired by Damian Glendinning, whose commentary appears below.

This report was produced by Monie Lindsey

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