Global supply chain management dynamics will remain a growing concern for risk management and business continuity professionals in 2011.  With so many companies today having to rely on successful global supply chain performance(s) to both assemble and deliver end product(s) to their customers, it quickly becomes apparent that this critical “engine of commerce” must be secure — not only today but certainly even more so in the future.

It is no surprise then to read that Secretary of the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Janet Napolitano recently announced a new partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO).  This new partnership will enlist other nations, international bodies and the private sector in increasing the security of the global supply chain, and, hopefully making the system stronger, smarter and more resilient.

Securing the global supply chain is part and parcel of securing both the lives of people around the world, and the stability of the global economy,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The United States is committed to working with our international partners and the private sector to keep this powerful engine of commerce, jobs, and prosperity from being attacked or disrupted.

During remarks made today to shipping and cargo stakeholders, security experts and government officials at the European Policy Centre, Secretary Napolitano discussed the three main elements of this international effort to strengthen the security of the global supply chain:

  • Preventing terrorists from exploiting the global supply chain to plan and execute attacks;
  • Protecting the most critical elements of the supply chain system, such as transportation hubs and related critical infrastructure, from attacks and disruptions; and
  • Building the resilience of the global supply chain to ensure that if something does happen, the supply chain can recover quickly.

Click here to read more about this recent event as posted in the Domestic Preparedness website.

From past internal staff discussions and related articles previously posted on this website, it appears that the task of managing such a global supply chain remains a daunting task at best…please share your thoughts and comments on this critical global dynamic and how it relates to the ongoing successful growth of your organization.

If you found this information applicable, please share this with the global logistical risk management, organizational resiliency or supply chain preparedness team members in your organization.

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