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The Supply Chain Compliance Blog

Len Simmons

As Technical Director, Len heads up Altius' software business.

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Snow joke: How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for Bad Weather

Posted by Len Simmons on Mar 13, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Thick snow, gale-force winds, and flooded roads are all inevitable throughout the year.

And unfortunately, all spell trouble for supply chains across the country.

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The importance of supplier compliance and accreditation

Posted by Len Simmons on Feb 12, 2018 11:30:00 AM

It’s not just the end-users that want clarity from suppliers and contractors.

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How will blockchain revolutionise supply chain traceability?

Posted by Len Simmons on Jan 25, 2018 2:34:53 PM

You may already be familiar with the term ‘blockchain’ as the system behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, along with news of the growing impact it is having on the world of finance. 

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What is SSIP?

Posted by Len Simmons on Dec 12, 2017 1:22:05 PM

Founded in 2009, Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) is an umbrella organisation that facilitates mutual recognition between health & safety prequalification schemes.

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Five steps to save money when managing suppliers

Posted by Len Simmons on Oct 31, 2017 10:11:55 AM

Efficiency, compliance and cost reduction are three of the top business priorities for anyone accountable for managing suppliers.

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Fortune 150 company praises Altius’ supplier compliance software

Posted by Len Simmons on Jul 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Altius have continued to help business globally with their supplier compliance, following the work the Altius team have been doing alongside a Fortune 150 consumer packaged goods company, based in the USA.

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Press Release: Altius VA join forces with RSSB to deliver improved RISQS

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 27, 2017 3:19:47 PM

Altius VA and Capita are excited to announce that they will be joining forces with RSSB to deliver an improved railway industry supplier qualification service (RISQS) through a phased integration period over the coming months.

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How do you evaluate a new supplier?

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Identifying new suppliers to work with is always a hard decision to make. Even the combination of a recommendation from an industry colleague, and the supplier’s ability to showcase their capability, isn’t enough to make you sure that the new partnership will be successful.

While many companies take a calculated risk by appointing a new supplier, unsure whether problems will occur further down the line; there is a three-step framework that can help companies better appoint new suppliers – and ensure they are meeting standards long into the future.

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Tags: Contractors

Five questions you should ask yourself today on your modern slavery policy and process

Posted by Len Simmons on May 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UK Government has set the turnover threshold at £36 million for companies that have to report on their supply chain modern slavery. Despite this threshold, the Government is still advising companies with smaller turnovers to analyse their supply chains to ensure they are ‘slavery free’.

Modern slavery is still a major concern in the industry, with only 30% of procurement and supply chain professionals believing their suppliers were compliant with the new legislation.

To assist you in the analysis of your current modern slavery policy and process, answer these five key questions on modern slavery:

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Tags: Modern Slavery

How we can help businesses really care about their corporate ethical footprint

Posted by Len Simmons on May 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In 2015, the UK Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act, which requires businesses with a turnover of £36 million or over, to release a statement outlining steps they are taking to comply with the new legislation. What many companies miss is that the statement should also reference efforts to check their supply chains too.

This is in response to a global stance to wipe out modern slavery after the International Labour Organization estimated that 30 million people are enslaved today, and the profit generated by this labour is $150 billion annually.

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Tags: Modern Slavery

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