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BSI provides free Covid-19 related supply chain insights

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BSI is trying to help British businesses focus their business continuity plans in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is now providing open access to the Covid-19 section of its Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN) tool.

SCREEN is a web-based, global supply chain intelligence system available by subscription, which includes valuable information for companies to anticipate, quickly respond to, and avoid supply chain disruptions.

As referenced in BSI’s recently released Supply Chain Risk Insights 2020 Report, the Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the current fragility of global supply chains, wherein the failure of one link in the chain has the potential to cause extensive disruptions throughout.

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As the pandemic has progressed, causing considerable disruption to every-day life and a negative impact on the workforce, companies have had to significantly re-evaluate their supply chains. Initially this was caused by the downtime and slowed restart of Chinese manufacturing, however the continued spread of the pandemic has led to complex and varied responses by individual governments to contain the virus, creating further disruptions and requiring businesses to adopt adaptive business continuity measures.

Whether this means that restaurants are closing their dining rooms and only providing takeaway nd delivery, or hospitals restricting access to anyone other than critical patients, the ‘New Not Normal’ is here and the need for comprehensive business continuity planning that considers all types of potential natural disasters, including disease outbreaks, has never been more acute.

Lessons learned from the Covid-19 outbreak about how to better mitigate disease spread and absorb delays to manufacturing and global shipping will shape how organisations and supply chains are effectively able to respond to other disruptions in the future.

For this reason, BSI is providing open access to SCREEN’s Covid-19 intelligence. Jim Yarbrough, global intelligence program manager at BSI said: “These insights will allow companies to sharpen their actions in the face of this crisis, focus their business continuity plans for their recovery and have a stronger continuity plan for the future.

“Our priority is to bring the global community reliable and actionable insights and information, curated by our team of experts, around Covid-19 to protect public health and mitigate business disruption.”

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