World Economic Forum Releases Report: Building Resilience in Supply Chains

January 25, 2013
Categories: Supply Chain

WEF_RRN_MO_BuildingResilienceSupplyChains_Report_2013Government, business and civil society leaders gathered this past week in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. Yesterday, January 24th, the Forum’s Supply Chain Risk Initiative launched a new report titled, Building Resilience in Supply Chains. This is the second report of the Forum’s Risk Initiative; the first, New Models for Addressing Supply Chain and Transport Risk, was released at the 2012 meeting. The latest report focuses on building a framework to manage the risks of global supply chains, and outlines the requirements for a resilience framework. As the report notes,

“Systemic risks have global geographic scope, cross-industry relevance, uncertainty as to how and when they will occur, and high levels of economic and/or social impact requiring a multi-stakeholder response.”

The report supports a multi-stakeholder approach to supply chain protection, where governments, international organizations, civil society and businesses work together to protect and promote robust supply chain practices. Three essential requirements include:

  • The need for a common risk vocabulary;
  • Improved data and information sharing across supply chain actors; and
  • Building greater agility and flexibility into resilience strategies

The Initiative goes on to define four components needed for a global resilience framework, and proposes the following be taken into account by international governing bodies as well as multinational corporations:

  1. Partnerships: harmonize, develop and adopt resilience standards
  2. Policy: create a multi-stakeholder risk assessment process
  3. Strategy: develop adaptable strategies for supply chain resilience
  4. Information Technology: use and expand data sharing platforms

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