Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP)

TSCFP works to make global trade and supply chains green, resilient, inclusive, transparent, and socially responsible.

ADB's TSCFP Delivers Sustainable Development Goals

TSCFP Delivers Sustainable Development Goals

ADB's Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program empowers countries to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by closing market gaps through guarantees, loans, and knowledge products. Since 2009, the TSCFP has supported $57 billion in trade across 45,510 transactions (60% SME-related).

TSCFP is supported by the following:

  • Government of Australia
  • Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund
  • Financial Sector Development Partnership Special Funds
  • Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund
  • Government of the United States of America

ADB's TSCFP: Green, Resilient, Inclusive, Transparent and Socially Responsible

TSCFP curates the latest knowledge products, services, and solutions in response to industry-wide challenges and gaps, by building capacities of its partner banks in line with global standards to timely respond to trade and supply chain finance demands.


Promoting activities in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including green initiatives, ending support for fossil fuels, and increasing awareness and developing capacities of partner banks through various learning activities.

Key initiatives:

  • Carbon tracking and reporting: initiative to track and report carbon (and ESG-related data) end-to-end across supply chains.
  • Green Equipment Facility: implementing over 2023, a new financing facility to support companies upgrading equipment to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS): implementing ESMS in all partner banks.
  • Environment Social and Governance (ESG) Services Directory: Developing a comprehensive online global directory of ESG related services and agencies.
  • Training: delivering live and online sustainability training to partners.

SDGs covered:

Responsible Production and ConsumptionClimate Action


Collaborating with key global partners on initiatives that will transform the trade and supply chain finance ecosystem and create resiliency. With systems remaining heavily reliant on paper being relayed between parties involved in moving goods and services around the world, digitalization of trade becomes imperative.

Key initiatives:

  • Digitalization of trade is critical to supply chain resilience. Without laws recognizing electronic trade documents, such as e-bill of lading, trade will never be digitalized. To that end, advocating for the adoption of and/or alignment to the Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records, developed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. The model law creates an enabling legal framework for paperless trade.
  • Supporting selected countries to analyze their domestic legislative frameworks to identify how they can be aligned with the model law.   Learn more
  • Created an interactive mapping tool with a database of more than 50,000 companies for the supply chains of vital COVID-related products. The tool allows governments, banks, investors, healthcare professionals, and companies to trace every component product such as masks or portable ventilators, down to the metal and rubber.

SDGs covered:

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accessing the capital needed to create growth and leading the inclusion of women and initiating disability initiatives in ADB DMCs. Trade makes the most impact when everyone benefits.

Key initiatives:

  • Delivered the Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Study, which in 2021 confirmed the worsening of the trade finance gap to US $1.7 trillion. This study, first launched in 2013 was the first of its kind and serves as the industry’s barometer for trade finance health, as it quantifies market gaps and brings them to the attention of regulatory, academic, financial, and policy making bodies.
  • Implemented gender equality initiative, co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aimed at more financial inclusion and support for women entrepreneurs and women in trade. The initiative analysed the human resource policies of 19 partner banks in ADB DMCs to determine how those policies could be enhanced to attract, retain, and promote more women in banking.   Learn more
  • Launched inclusion of disabled persons initiative, in partnership with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, to review policies and accommodations for persons with disabilities. Recommendations on HR and physical access policies will be provided to partner banks to integrate this aspect in their operations.

SDGs covered:

No PovertyGender Equality


Leading transparency initiatives to improve global supply chains. This includes anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism, and digitalization of trade. Improved transparency leads to trust, lower trade costs, and improved predictability.

Key initiatives:

  • Implemented a pilot with authorities in Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to better identify, report, and combat trade-based money laundering (TBML).
  • Designed and initiated delivery of multiple capacity building sessions on TBML to banks, regulators, law enforcement, and intelligence stakeholders.
  • Contributed to the 2020 Financial Action Task Force - Egmont Group report on Trade Based Money Laundering.
  • Hosted a widely attended TBML Webinar Series in 2022 in collaboration with the Asia Wolfsberg Group.
  • Delivered training and certification in partnership with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

SDGs covered:

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Socially Responsible

Leading the development of key standards for socially responsible trade and supply chain finance, including labor standards, and safe and equitable labor practices. TSCFP is developing innovative solutions for compliance and reporting with partner organizations.

Key Initiatives:

  • Created enhanced due diligence framework on labor standards being implemented at TSCFP partner banks in 2023.

SDGs covered:

Life on LandResponsible Production and Consumption

Fast Facts

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Estimated global trade finance gap (2021)
Source: Trade Finance Gap Study

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Transactions supported by TSCFP (2009-2022)
Source: TFP Fact Sheet

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Australia's support for TSCFP (since 2015)
Source: TFP strengthens AML in Pacific Banks


TFP's partner banks
Source: Gender Study on Trade Finance

2022: By the Numbers

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value of transactions supported
2009-2022: $64.8 billion

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in cofinancing
2009-2022: $39.4 billion


transactions supported
2009-2022: 55,616


SME transactions supported
2009-2022: 33,616

Awards Won by TSCFP

TSCFP Awards