Supply Chain Mapping
Managing risk in upstream suppliers is a constant challenge made more difficult by a dynamic supply chain. Seeking assurance in sensitive areas such as raw material souring, traceability and animal welfare issues, social compliance around labour and working conditions and the management of chemicals is becoming increasingly important for brands and retailer and their stakeholders.
Effective responsibility and compliance in these areas is dependent on visibility within the supply chain beyond Tier 1 manufacturing. Transparency upstream to material suppliers and into chemical and raw material suppliers is essential to assess risk and manage stakeholders including NGO’s. A better understanding will identify hotspots of risk and allow plans to be developed to overcome problems, and mitigate issues and proactively manage a compliant and responsible supply chain.
“Effective responsibility and compliance in these areas is dependent on visibility within the supply chain beyond Tier 1 manufacturing.”
Mapping of the supply chain is a tool to determine exposure points and weaknesses within the supply chain. Assessments will include supplier visibility, specifications and policies, verification of commitments, stakeholder communication, testing, measurements and audits, legislation, markets and geographical sensitivities.
Check the health of your supply chain and understand how your business might be exposed and what the risks and consequences might be
It is important to understand that supply chain risks can be both chemical and through sourcing.