In today’s ESG Report, Tom Fox is pleased to be joined by supply chain risk management professional extraordinaire, Jared Connors. They’re discussing the work done at Assent Compliance Inc., one of the leading organizations in supply chain sustainability management.
Becoming a Leader in the World of ESG
Assent has worked on a variety of regulations to support its clients’ compliance journeys, including substance and modern slavery regulations. Within that context, there are often reputational impacts of compliance. At Assent, the natural extension is to encourage customers to assess their suppliers’ abilities to support and adhere to these regulations.
The Impact of the Conflict Minerals Regulation
The Conflict Minerals Regulation was one of the first regulations to promote greater transparency of the upstream supply chain and is a pioneering regulation that’s driven companies to look beyond their Tier 1 suppliers. According to Jared, the Conflict Minerals Regulation isn’t just about source of origin verification, but also about chain of custody.
Jared tells a story that highlights the significance of reputational damage, and how it can facilitate an organization’s downfall, “This started out with reputational impacts and led to a lot of other tangible risks from a monetary perspective.”
Direct and Indirect Engagement
Directly engaging suppliers involves asking them about internal controls, management procedures, and their ability to provide metrics on certain topics. This, however, is insufficient, and therefore, indirect evaluation is required. “You can’t just look at the first level,” says Jared, “You have to get deeper.” These further evaluations are necessary to understand if suppliers can “walk that talk”, because that should have huge implications in doing business with them.
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