Food Industry Trends and Supplier Audits

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Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 2:00pm EDT / 1:00pm CDT / 11:00am Pacific

C-TPAT and Security, Social Responsibility, Environmental Concerns, Code of Conduct, Quality Assurance; the list of supplier audits and compliance requirements is extensive and only getting longer.

Our dependency on suppliers and outsourcing is on the rise. Organizations are increasingly realizing the vulnerability of their brand reputation and risk of financial loss resulting from bad supplier incidents and nonconformities. The key question is – do you know who your suppliers REALLY are and what hidden risks lie within your global supply chain?

  • Are you keeping abreast of the ever changing risk landscape in your supplier base?
  • Will the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rule effect your supplier selection?
  • Are your supplier audits risk based?
  • Do they encompass ALL areas of risk...or just focus on a few that your auditors are comfortable verifying?
  • Do you find it difficult to track supplier compliance, maintain audit schedules, and assign and track corrective actions?
  • Does your current supplier audit solution or partner provide you with the risk intelligence you need to make informed decisions on who to audit and how frequently?

Join BSI for a look into some of the current trends we are seeing in the dynamic sectors of Food & Beverage and Agriculture. We will leverage BSI's proprietary risk and intelligence analysis and hear about ways that BSI's verification services can help you infuse risk intelligence into your supplier audits.

Presented by:

Laurie Powell Lauri Powell, Vice President Advisory Services Development

Lauri joined BSI over 10 years ago and is responsible for driving BSI’s global verification services (VerifEye) into the marketplace. During her tenure at BSI, she has worked with many of our largest global customers providing solutions in the areas of software, environmental, health & safety, quality and information security. She holds distinction as a Holistic Information Security Practitioner and is also a trained ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 lead auditor. Prior to BSI, Lauri held positions in senior management with J.D. Power and Associates. She continues to work extensively with primary manu­facturers, suppliers and service industries providing solutions for supply chain risk management and automated tools for increased traceability and visibility.


Jim Yarbrough Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager

Jim Yarbrough leads BSI's team of supply chain security analysts and assesses the potential threat of terrorism and cargo disruption to countries and businesses worldwide. These assessments are integral to the Global Risk Analysis & Data Evaluation (GRADE) tool that BSI provides to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Yarbrough previously served as a Research Associate with the Center for International Trade & Security at the University of Georgia. There, he conducted on-site assessments and provided analysis on foreign export control and border security practices on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

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