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BSI launches independent assessment scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced that Wilson James is the first company in the UK to be certified to ISO 28000 for supply chain security management.

The global transportation of goods is becoming a tougher exercise. Organisations operating in high risk countries face daily threats to their supply chains from theft, acts of terrorism, smuggling and product safety.

Globally, over $23 billion worth of cargo is stolen each year while the annual number of cargo thefts has risen by an estimated 24%, exceeding ten-fold the overall increase in merchandise exports. According to the BSI’s most recent global intelligence report, it’s European countries such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands that have witnessed the greatest number of thefts.

In response, the BSI has launched an independent assessment scheme specifically designed to assist companies of all sizes to achieve and demonstrate competence in their supply chain security.

ISO 28000, the international standard for supply chain security management, has been developed to help organisations better assess security risks in their supply chain, manage new threats as they emerge and implement the appropriate controls.

The BSI has launched a new scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

The BSI has launched a new scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

A supply chain security management system ensures traditional supply chain management practices are followed and matched with vital security measures such as validating supplier credentials, screening cargo and securing cargo transit. Addressing security threats aids the global fight against cargo theft and reassures stakeholders of an organisation’s commitment to the safety of its people and the security of goods and services.

London Gateway site contract

Wilson James – a leading provider of security, logistics and business support services in the UK – has now become the first company to be independently assessed by the BSI and achieve certification to ISO 28000.

In 2013, the company won the contract to secure the new London Gateway site of global port operator DP World. A key aspect of the selection of a security provider was that the appointed contractor would achieve ISO 28000 certification by the end of 2014.

For Wilson James, the most obvious benefit of certification to ISO 28000 is being able to ensure that the client’s project requirements are met and that the benefits of the standard will be realised across DP World. There are additional benefits to be realised as well.

“As the first known UK security company to achieve ISO 28000, we can deliver high levels of security management to our customers, differentiating us from others and giving us a clear competitive edge,” commented Angela Goldberg, quality manager at Wilson James. “At the same time we can help our customers recognise the value we’re able to deliver to their business.”

Goldberg continued: “Another important benefit is the reassurance ISO 28000 provides to existing and potential customers. Early indications show it may also save the company money as a result of the introduction of Best Practice procedures that will, in turn, lead to improvements in both performance and efficiencies.”

Lorna Anderson, supply chain security scheme manager at BSI, added: “International cargo is the lifeblood of our global society. It’s essential for countries and companies to reach new markets and achieve growth. Any compromise of supply chains imposes both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts include the cost of managing security incidents and increased insurance premiums, while indirect impacts would be reputational damage and loss of trust resulting in a drain on global productivity.”

In conclusion, Anderson explained: “By addressing and reducing the impact cargo disruption has on their business and their clients, organisations stand to benefit financially at the same time as they assist international trade.”

*To view the full Wilson James Case Study visit: http://www.bsigroup.com/Documents/iso-28000/case-study/BSI-ISO-28000-WilsonJames-case-study-UK-EN.pdf

BSI’s tips for implementing ISO 28000

(1) Lead from the top by securing commitment from senior management
(2) Involve the whole business through effective internal communication
(3) Review existing processes with relevant ISO 28000 requirements
(4) Bring your customers and suppliers on board by soliciting feedback around security practices
(5) Establish an implementation team to get the best results
(6) Map out and share roles, responsibilities and timescales
(7) Adapt the requirements of the ISO 28000 standard to your business
(8) Motivate staff with training and incentives
(9) Encourage staff to train as internal auditors
(10) Regularly review procedures to ensure continual improvement

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Key maritime security stakeholders welcome ISO announcement

At a presentation ceremony held in London, key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) maritime security certification process.

RTI was congratulated for its success and support to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). Those PMSCs that have undertaken the ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007 process with RTI received their certificates.

As a certifying body, RTI Ltd provides assurance assessment and accredited certification for maritime security (ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007), assessing companies which provide privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on-board ships.

As part of RTI’s own certification efforts the company had been working with a number of leading international private maritime security providers. Having been audited as part of RTI’s pilot scheme process, these companies are now awarded ISO 28007 certification and have achieved success within the demands of this gold standard for the provision of protection on-board vessels.

The newly certified ISO/PAS 28007:2012 companies are Alphard Maritime, Bowline Defence, Control Risks and Securewest International. The certification success now affords them a competitive edge in the provision of armed guarding services on-board ships.

Clear benchmark for those involved

Captain Alok Kumar, director and founder of Alphard Maritime, commented: “We are confident that the new ISO standard will place the certified PMSCs in a higher class and will assist owners to choose the better PMSC.”

Captain Kumar’s views were echoed by John Howells, the UK director for Alphard Maritime who explained: “The ISO standards and the ISO/PAS 280007 certification gives a clear benchmark for all in the shipping industry to be able to select a fully audited and approved service provider with internationally recognised standards to be trusted to safely guard their people and assets.”

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

A spokesperson for Bowline Defence added: “We are extremely grateful for the work that RTI carried out with us during the accreditation process. They were helpful, thoroughly professional in every respect and their auditors came with first-hand knowledge of seafaring and maritime risk. They knew exactly what they were talking about and taught us a great deal. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else thinking of going down the ISO28007 path.”

Peter Cheney, director of maritime services at Control Risks, said: “We are delighted that the award of ISO 28000/PAS 28007 is recognition of our long-held commitment to quality, training and safety. It demonstrates to the shipping industry the professionalism of Control Risks and the other leading Private Maritime Security Companies.”

In noting the difficulties of managing demanding new standards, Cheney added: “While Control Risks has an established and reputable profile of 40 years standing in the risk and security industry, we participated in the pilot programme to demonstrate our commitment to a respected international maritime industry standard. We chose RTI due to its maritime expertise and use of experienced master mariner auditors in the accreditation process. We are pleased that the standard now provides a means to enable industry stakeholders to identify with confidence robust, credible and dependable Private Maritime Security Companies.”

Development and adoption of industry standards

Clare Williamson-Cary, CEO of Securewest International, is also pleased to have worked with RTI on the pilot.

“With over 25 years of service to our maritime clients, Securewest International has long been committed to the development and adoption of security industry standards and Codes of Practice. We were pleased to support RTI in the pilot scheme and, of course, to receive the certification. This ISO provides for independent assessment against clearly defined standards which can only help to drive up standards internationally across our industry.”

It’s not just maritime security companies affected by the ISO 28007 development. Indeed, a number of key organisations have taken a very keen interest in the standards of armed guards and the companies providing them.

As such, RTI was pleased to receive supporting comments from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG).

Speaking about the ISO process, David Cotterell (director at the OCIMF) said: “Standardisation and the production of industry standards are a core OCIMF function. Operating to ISO standards is both a mark of quality and often a differentiator for customers seeking contractors to provide a high quality service. We were supportive when the IMO decided on the ISO route for the accreditation of private maritime security contractors, and we are very pleased to see ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007 certification being awarded.”

Andrew Farquhar, chairman of the SCEG, stated: “The SCEG is pleased to see that RTI has also been accredited by UKAS to certificate PMSCs to ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007.”

Farquhar also commented: “As the maritime security industry moves forward, it’s essential that risk and quality management systems are in place that ship operators and industry stakeholders can rely upon. With its experienced master mariner auditors and accreditation as a certification body, the RTI brings added value to this process.”

RTI maritime director Captain Steve Cameron thanked all parties for their assistance and support: “The commitment to excellence which has been demonstrated by the private maritime security companies we have worked with made a real difference to the process and helped streamline the way in which complex demands were managed. Each deserves praise, respect and recognition for the efforts they have made.”

Cameron also praised the industry bodies for their role and dedication to finding solutions which have propelled maritime security as a priority.

“We should also thank and recognise the pivotal role of organisations such as BIMCO, SAMI, the SCEG and OCIMF,” urged Cameron, “as they have tackled difficult problems to ensure that security solutions have been developed and standards implemented.”

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