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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hands on

According to the findings of the 2009 Risk in 21st Century Supply Chain survey nearly three-quarters (74%) of businesses are taking a ‘hands on’ approach to managing supply chain risks.
A second report released by global risk adviser, Aon, and strategic business partner, State of Flux, this move to safeguard businesses is being spurred on by the threats of increasing insolvency and the impact that the H1N1 virus could have on producing and delivering goods.
Aon is advising suppliers to improve their resilience to keep ahead of the competition.
The survey found that harsher economic conditions have led to more stringent assessment of the risks in companies’ supply chains and business continuity plans should the worst occur. Key findings include:
• More than half (53%) of firms have instituted regular communication and audit policies with suppliers;
• Some 15% more companies are actively managing the risks around contracts to ensure they are covered from the negotiation phase through spelling out quality controls and contingencies;
• There has been a 20% increase in the number of companies investigating their suppliers’ suppliers to assess the strength of the supply chain;
• Although insurance is still a vital element of risk management, there has been a dramatic 20% fall in the number of companies using it as the only form of mitigating risks. One in ten firms has placed an emphasis on evaluating the ethical issues to which it is being exposed by its suppliers.

Grant Foster, head of enterprise risk management at Aon says, “Such uncertainty in the global economy and a greater demand for corporate accountability has meant companies are taking a far more proactive approach to managing their supply chain. The good news is that the issue of supply chain risks has been taken on board by procurement and embedded in their performance management and audit processes.
“However, 55% admit to having no key performance indicators in place to monitor supply chain risk management performance and we hope to see this figure increase over the next six months,” he concludes.

For access to the full report please visit the Internet at: http://img.en25.com/Web/AON/Aon_Risk_in_21stCen_SupplyChains_09.pdf

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