Supply Chain Risk Management

Increase supply chain risk readiness to combat market disruption

Increasing supply chain risk awareness

89% of companies experienced a supplier risk event in the past five years, yet company awareness and plans to mitigate risk lack maturity.

The best companies utilize technology in supply chain risk management, increasing their effectiveness in supplier risk tactics by almost 2X.

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    Supply Chain Risk Management insights you can use


    • Diagnostics and benchmarks to assess your current state
    • Tools to quickly transform and develop your supply chain risk management


    • Understand benefits and follow key actions to define your supply chain risk appetite.
    • Assess supply chain risk posture and implement a risk appetite statement.


    • More than 100+ experts worldwide focused on managing supply chain risk to drive business success
    • Leverage our supply chain benchmarking and peer-sourced research to inform your strategy


    • Real-world advice from supply chain peers in live cohorts and virtual discussion boards 
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    Supply chain risk readiness FAQs

    Supply chain and procurement leaders are well-positioned to leverage the integrated risk model, establishing an augmented sourcing function delivering results above expectations, lowering the risk exposure and providing cross-benefits in support of the broader business strategy. This will position the enterprise favorably in its markets and industries as a core player with which innovative and disruptive companies would like to engage. Since the burden of asymmetric partnership is reduced through an agile and adaptive sourcing organization, untapped innovations and key external competencies are now able to come into the company across all engagements, enhancing its competitiveness.

    For sourcing, this will drive a stronger linkage to stakeholders and boost, through its initiatives, the business strategy success. Sourcing will truly become a business partner and strategy shaper with a clear purpose and a reserved seat for the supply chain/procurement leader in the C-suite, right next to the CEO.

    Gartner identified three common obstacles to supply chain risk management:
    • Supply chain risk management commonly emphasizes the process of mitigation reflecting limitations, additional tasks and audits that adversely impact the value, complexity and velocity of sourcing processes and operations.
    • Supply chain/procurement leaders prioritize business continuity over agility in the risk appetite statement on which supply chain risk management is grounded by focusing on risk mitigation rather than risk utilization as the incubator of innovations.
    • The misconception of risk formalized in a risk appetite statement limits sourcing’s ability to thrive in uncertainty and leverage imbalances to support and advance the business strategy through supply chain risk management. Over time, this approach decreases competitiveness with fading competencies.

    Gartner recommends that supply chain/procurement leaders responsible for supply chain risk management:

    • Analyze and define the optimum risk utilization applicable to sourcing activities to drive the business strategy forward within the underlying industries, and develop and formalize a sourcing risk appetite statement.
    • Build a lean and effective cross-functional governance framework to serve as a risk oversight and advisory function with the key mission to support risk-based decision making.
    • Use an integrated risk model to create an optimized risk utilization sourcing strategy with value-add sourcing plans supported by enhancements in people, processes and tools.

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