At the end of November, as part of our Modern Slavery Week Webinar Series, I hosted a webinar on ‘Supply Chain Risk & Mapping’ – if you missed it, here’s a brief summary of what was discussed… (or feel free to watch recordings of the whole series here.)
When it comes to supply chain mapping, I find it easiest to break it down into the classic ‘What? How? Why?’
What is supply chain mapping?
Simply defined, supply chain mapping is the process of capturing information from all suppliers or individuals involved in a company’s supply chain, so that the origin and flow of goods and services can be visualised from beginning to end.
A great example is Fairphone, tracing the phone down to the raw materials’ country of origins and the mines themselves in some cases.
Here’s three tips to consider when supply chain mapping:
1. Stakeholder engagement – Internal and external stakeholder engagement is a) crucial to gather supply chain information. more often than not specifics are not written down or visible on an invoice/website. The information gathered will tend to be through questionnaires, interviews, and most importantly, relationships. B) It’s vital to gain buy in and bring those involved along the journey, supply chain mapping is a collaborative process.
2. Use of technology – Technology is great, there are lots of platforms out there providing supply chain mapping solutions. However, the technology is only as good as the information you have and that information mainly comes from engaging the supply chain in an open and collaborative manner (see tip number 1).
3. Don’t forget the broader landscape – As you can see from the Fairphone example above, things travel far and wide, and back again within supply chains. When supply chain mapping, don’t forget to include transport, warehousing and even disposal of products.
Interested in how we can help your business with your supply chain mapping, sustainable procurement and modern slavery needs? Get in touch with Anna.
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