2022 global corporate treasury survey
Trends in digital treasury solutions and technology
Deloitte is pleased to release its biennial 2022 global corporate treasury survey. This report reveals that organizations are quickly taking actions to address liquidity management, financial risk, business continuity, and operating model priorities. Explore the key findings on top mandates, technology, risk management, and more.
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- Adoption of digital treasury technology is still at an early stage
- Key insights from the 2019 global corporate treasury survey
- About the survey
- Previous global corporate treasury survey reports
About the survey
While conducting the survey, we observed some companies still dealing with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic whereas other organizations considered the pandemic in the review-mirror and were now focused on new priorities and challenges.
In preparing this year’s survey, our team considered the following:
- What challenges and mandates are treasurers facing?
- What learnings did organizations have from the pandemic and how are treasury organizations evolving as a result (business continuity, focus, talent, and size)?
- How are technologies adopted and used by the treasury teams?
- To what extent are treasurers utilizing technologies that complement treasury management systems?
- What regulations and trends are top of mind for treasurers?
Almost unanimously, most of our respondents have selected liquidity risk management and being a steward for financial risk management as critical mandates. Mandates working capital optimization and enhancing governance and control over global treasury operations has gained more focus by treasury groups since the last time we conducted the survey.
Within the next 12 months, most surveyed organizations are planning to take actions to enhance liquidity management, improve cash forecasting activities, improve the capital structure, address market risk, and increase operational efficiency to better deliver on mandates and address common challenges that include visibility into global operations, limited digital/treasury systems capabilities, liquidity, and FX volatility.
Learning from the experience of navigating the pandemic over the past few years, the survey further revealed that many organizations are looking to take control of their own destiny and increase their readiness for a “next event” by addressing any gaps related to business continuity planning, strengthen FX risk management, and fraud risk management capabilities.
Consistent across all company sizes was an increased focus of combining technical treasury experience with data/modelling, digital, as well as soft skills. A few of our respondents expressed that they believe that the treasurer of tomorrow will not only need to possess treasury domain expertise, but leadership, risk management, and technology skills to better navigate strategic treasury priorities of tomorrow.
The adoption of treasury management technologies in the cloud has increased since we conducted our survey last in 2019. Respondents also share how they have increased the adoption of APIs, automation, and visualization technologies to complement treasury management systems (compared to our last survey in 2019).
From a Deloitte perspective, we draw from the survey that organizations are quickly taking actions to address liquidity management, financial risk, business continuity, and operating model priorities, many of which are learnings from what organizations experienced during the pandemic. Getting ahead of regulatory drivers, especially IBOR and ESG are top of mind and many are looking to technology (treasury management systems (TMS), APIs, automation, and visualization technologies) to help enable these key priorities, many of which organizations are looking to address over the next year.
Key insights from the 2022 global corporate treasury survey
- Enhancing liquidity risk management is considered as the most critical mandate given to treasury departments by the board or the CFO, echoing previous survey trends.
- Compared to 2019, working capital optimization and enhancing governance and control over domestic and overseas operations, has become a larger focus.
- While turning treasury into a profit center had gain some momentum in prior surveys, it is still considered an exception as it tends to be limited to companies in certain industries (e.g., financial services and commodities trading businesses).
- Respondents considering financing growth via capital markets as ‘Not Important’ mandate increased significantly between 2019 (7%) and 2022 (32%), showing a preference in organization to rely on their bank facilities or to the equity market.
- 83% of respondents indicated that lack of visibility to exposures and reliability of forecasts as the top challenge while managing FX risk. Manual exposure identification and capture processes was a close second with 71%.
- Visibility into global operations, cash, and risk exposures continues to be the most challenging and time-consuming areas for surveyed treasury executives.
A total of 245 interviews were conducted across Deloitte’s global network via a questionnaire:
- Respondents span all industries with most participants from the Consumer & Industrial Products industry.
- 56% of companies participating have revenues less than 10bn USD, whereas 24% have revenues between 10-50bn USD and the remaining 20% have revenues in excess of 50bn USD.
Previous global corporate treasury survey reports
2019 global corporate treasury survey
More than 200 companies across various industries participated in this biennial survey. Download the 2019 survey results to explore key findings on treasury goals and mandates, technology, regulations, and more.
2017 global corporate treasury survey
More than 200 companies from around the globe, across all industries, and revenue groups, participated in this biennial survey. Download the 2017 survey results to explore key insights.
2015 global corporate treasury survey
Deloitte Global Treasury Advisory received survey responses from the treasury groups of more than 100 top corporations. Download the 2015 survey results for a closer look at key challenges and top trends.
Get in touch
Deloitte has one of the largest treasury practices, with subject matter specialists across areas of digital treasury strategy, transformation, and technology. If this survey resonates with any issues your company is facing, please contact us. Our international contacts are listed on page 21 of this report.