Category Archives: Risk Performance and Compliance

IBM Presents Global Supply Chain Risk Lessons: Webinar Tomorrow!


Time still remains to join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. CDT for Are You Acting or Reacting? Lessons in Global Supply Chain Risk from IBM. Sponsored by Resilinc, this presentation will feature Lou Ferretti, project executive, product environmental compliance and supply chain social responsibility at IBM, as he covers risk and just why it is considered one of six mega trends that have an impact on shaping the global economy both today and moving forward.

MBO Partners Proposal to Address Part of the Worker Classification Conundrum

forced labor

MBO Partners released a policy proposal Tuesday for the institution of a new “worker certification” called Certified Self-Employed (CSE). The proposal lays out a certification program through which workers who meet certain program criteria and comply with program requirements would be designated self-employed. The certification, proposed to be administered and governed by the federal government’s Small Business Administration, would be valid nationally and preempt state and local classification laws.

Global Supply Chain Risk Lessons from IBM — Webinar Wednesday!


Procurement professionals are under increasing pressure to successfully uncover, assess, manage and mitigate risk. And with IBM's Business Value Institute recently recognizing risk as one of six mega trends that have an impact on shaping the global economy today and in the future, the time is ripe to prepare yourself. Join Spend Matters and IBM for Are You Acting or Reacting? Lessons in Global Supply Chain Risk from IBM this Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Proactive Global Supply Chain Risk Lessons from IBM–Webinar Next Week!


IBM's Business Value Institute has recognized "risk" as one of the six mega trends having an impact on shaping the global economy both today and in the future. Are you prepared? Even more, how are you prepared? Join us Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. CDT, for Are You Acting or Reacting? Lessons in Global Supply Chain Risk from IBM.

Procurement and Falling Commodity Price Risk Webinar: Last Chance to Register!


This is your last chance to register for Thursday's webinar, What Lies Beneath: hidden Ways Falling Commodity Price Risk Can Wreak Havoc on Your Procurement. Join us at 11 a.m. CDT for 30 minutes of discussion with the Spend Matters, MetalMiner™ and Tamr teams as they discuss today's volatile commodities market and the risk, as well as opportunity, it brings.

Procurious Kicks Off Its Big Ideas Summit: Cognitive Procurement and Thinking the Unthinkable

cognitive computing

I’m in London today, attending Procurious’ Big Ideas Summit. This is the second year for the event, which got off to a great start last year — and this year is looking promising as well. The Summit, which generated “1 million social media impressions in 24 hours” in 2015 and is available streaming online again this year, is actually a small, intimate affair in person. With roughly 50 live attendees, many of whom are speaking, it’s easy to talk to anyone attending or follow-up on the words said on stage. We were even given a pre-reading/homework assignment for group discussion. (No comment from me on whether my own assignment is complete yet!)

Awareness Key to Tackling Supply Chain Fraud

Supply Chain Fraud

Supply chain fraud levels have remained unchanged in the last few years, according to recent poll by Deloitte. Of the more than 2,660 professionals Deloitte surveyed, for the third year in a row, about 30% said their companies experienced supply chain fraud in the last year. Getting companies to reduce or prevent supply chain fraud takes organizational awareness. Mark Pearson, advisory principal at Deloitte, said company leaders must spread awareness about supply chain fraud and make sure procurement and supply chain professionals understand what to do when they witness it within the organization.

Customs Bill Compliance Requires Greater Visibility into Multitier Supply Chains

customs bill

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 was signed into law in February and prohibits the United States from accepting imported goods made through forced labor. A previous loophole allowed goods produced through slave labor to enter the country if demand for the product outweighed current supply. The new law also known as the customs bill calls on companies to gain a higher level of visibility into their multitier and global supply chains.

Why Over-Compliance Can Actually Increase Risk

Supply risk

One thing that has struck me over the years is how disconnected supply chain risk management and supply chain compliance can be. Even within the supplier realm, supplier risk management and supplier compliance often can be strangely siloed. In a perfect world, you would hope that improved supplier compliance, especially regulatory compliance, would reduce supplier risk. Yet what often happens is that so much time is spent "checking the box" on supplier compliance activities that little remains to focus on the “real” risks out there threatening supply performance.

Report: Dodd-Frank Act Effective at Eliminating Conflict Minerals from Supply Chain

conflict minerals

U.S. conflict mineral regulations have been effective in increasingly supply chain transparency and reducing the amount of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sourced from armed militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report from human rights organization The Enough Project. The group conducted field research in Eastern Congo and reported positive developments like a significant reduction in mining areas controlled by armed militia groups and improved safety and health standards for miners.

Upwork Enterprise: WIP of the Week

Upwork Enterprise

This week we put the spotlight on Upwork Enterprise, Upwork’s software and services solution that is targeted to meet the procurement and governance requirements of large businesses. The privately held company, Upwork Inc., was formed in late 2013 through the merger of oDesk and Elance. To date, it may be most known for its global online freelancer marketplace (based on spend/gross payment volume, the world’s largest). Upwork Enterprise was formally launched in 2015 as a solution that would allow enterprises to source and engage freelancers from their own private talent clouds, providing the ability to scale their use of freelancers, while maintaining enterprise-wide visibility into and control over the use of and spend on freelancers.

Majority of Manufacturers Do Not Have Chief Supply Chain Officer

Global Risk Management Solutions (GRMS)

More than 40% of manufacturers experienced a supply chain disruption in the last year, yet less than a quarter of these companies have a chief supply chain officer in place to oversee and manage these business interruptions, according to the recent State of the Global Supply Chain report from GT Nexus. The supply chain solutions provider said this “gap in strategic direction to address broader supply chain agility” is a major concern.