BSI launches independent assessment scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

Posted On 13 Sep 2014
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The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced that Wilson James is the first company in the UK to be certified to ISO 28000 for supply chain security management. The global transportation of goods is becoming a tougher exercise. Organisations operating in high risk countries face daily threats to their supply chains from theft, acts of terrorism, smuggling and product safety. Globally, over $23 billion worth of cargo is stolen each year while the annual number of cargo thefts has risen by an estimated 24%, exceeding ten-fold the overall increase in merchandise exports. According to the BSI’s most recent global intelligence report, it’s European countries such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands that have witnessed the greatest number of thefts. In response, the BSI has launched an independent assessment scheme specifically designed to assist companies of all sizes to achieve and demonstrate competence in their supply chain security. ISO 28000, the international standard for supply chain security management, has been developed to help organisations better assess security risks in their supply chain, manage new threats as they emerge and implement the appropriate controls. A supply chain security management system ensures traditional supply chain management practices are followed and matched with vital security measures such as validating supplier credentials, screening cargo and securing cargo transit. Addressing security threats aids the global fight against cargo theft and reassures stakeholders of an organisation’s commitment to the safety of its people and the security of goods and services. London Gateway site contract Wilson James” a leading provider of security, logistics and business support services in the UK” has now become the first company to be independently assessed by the BSI and achieve certification to ISO 28000. In 2013, the company won the contract to secure the new London Gateway site of global port operator DP World. A key aspect of the selection of a security provider was that the appointed contractor would achieve ISO 28000 certification by the end of 2014. For Wilson James, the most obvious benefit of certification to ISO 28000 is being able to ensure that the client’s project requirements are met and that the benefits of the standard will be realised across DP World. There are additional benefits, too. ” As the first known UK security company to achieve ISO 28000, we can deliver high levels of security management to our customers, differentiating us from others and giving us a clear competitive edge,” commented Angela Goldberg, quality manager at Wilson James.” At the same time we can help our customers recognise the value we’re able to deliver to their business.” Goldberg continued:” Another important benefit is the reassurance ISO 28000 provides to existing and potential customers. Early indications show it may also save the company money as a result of the introduction of Best Practice procedures that will, in turn, lead to improvements in both performance and efficiencies.” Lorna Anderson, supply chain security scheme manager at BSI, added:” International cargo is the lifeblood of our global society. It’s essential for countries and companies to reach new markets and achieve growth. Any compromise of supply chains imposes both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts include the cost of managing security incidents and increased insurance premiums, while indirect impacts would be reputational damage and loss of trust resulting in a drain on global productivity.” In conclusion, Anderson explained:” By addressing and reducing the impact cargo disruption has on their business and their clients, organisations stand to benefit financially at the same time as they assist international trade.” BSI’s tips for implementing ISO 28000 (1) Lead from the top by securing commitment from senior management (2) Involve the whole business through effective internal communication (3) Review existing processes with relevant ISO 28000 requirements (4) Bring your customers and suppliers on board by soliciting feedback around security practices (5) Establish an implementation team to get the best results (6) Map out and share roles, responsibilities and timescales (7) Adapt the requirements of the ISO 28000 standard to your business (8) Motivate staff with training and incentives (9) Encourage staff to train as internal auditors (10) Regularly review procedures to ensure continual improvement

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.