BSI, the business standards company, has launched a scheme to assist organisations in the assessment of security risks in supply chains, in response to an increase in the threats posed to global operations.
ISO 28000, the international standard for supply chain security, provides assessment of supply chain security risks, assistance in the management of new threats as they emerge and in the implementation of appropriate controls.
Lorna Anderson, supply chain security scheme manager at BSI said: “International cargo is the life blood of our global society and essential for countries and companies to reach new markets and achieve growth. Therefore the compromise of supply chains imposes both direct and indirect impacts.”
There has been a 24 per cent increase in the number of cargo thefts annually, with over £14bn of cargo stolen each year. This represents a 10-fold increase in the amount of global exports. Alongside theft, companies are having to tackle threats of terrorism and smuggling.
“By addressing and reducing the impact cargo disruption has on their business and their clients, organisation stand to benefit financially as well as assist international trade.”
According to a BSI global intelligent report, European countries including Belgium Germany and the Netherlands have reported the greatest number of thefts.