The International Organization for Standards (ISO) has issued a new standard designed to help maintain structural integrety throughout the supply chain at times of catastrophic weather, political and economic upheavals, among other challenges.
In a press release earlier this month announcing the introduction of the new standard, ISO noted that organizations around the world are increasingly implementing risk management processes to deal with uncertainty and ensure continuity. However, if their suppliers are unable to deliver, or customers unable to purchase, the ability of an organization to achieve its objectives would be compromised.
In response, ISO has developed a new standard, ISO 28002:2011, Security management systems for the supply chain – Development of resilience in the supply chain – Requirements with guidance for use, “to promote resilience at every step of the supply chain.”
In the announcement, Captain Charlie Piersall, chairman of the ISO committee that developed the standard, said “Organizations are realizing more and more that to be resilient, it is not enough to focus on internal processes. As they seek assurance that their suppliers and the extended supply chain in general, have planned for and taken steps to prevent and mitigate the threats and hazards to which they may be exposed, there is a strong demand for standards and best practice. For resiliency, ISO 28002 is that standard.”
He said ISO 28002 offers a comprehensive and systematic process to enhance prevention, protection, preparedness, mitigation, response, continuity of operations and recovery from disruptive incidents. Its generic auditable criteria, when implemented in a management system, can be used to establish, implement, monitor, review, maintain and improve an organization’s resiliency policy to plan for, take action and make decisions before, during and after an incident to its supply chain.
“Today, the leadership of any organization has a duty to its stakeholders to plan for its survival,” said Captain Piersall. “ISO 28002 offers them an invaluable tool. Its integrated approach is both flexible and proactive, and utilizes to the maximum the knowledge, capabilities and expertise within an organization. In this way the standard helps meet individual needs for risk management within an economically sound context.”
The ISO announcement said the new standard can be applied to any organization including private, not-for-profit, non-governmental, and public sector. Implemented within a management system, it enhances an organization’s capacity to manage and survive any disruptive event and take appropriate actions to help ensure its viability and continued operation. This International Standard was developed as part of the ISO 28000 series on security management systems for the supply chain.
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