State of Flux


Written in partnership with The International Trade Centre (ITC), our COVID-19 Safe Operability Checklists and their accompanying white paper outline a global standard for organizations to ensure that their suppliers are stable, able, and safe to operate in a COVID world.

With COVID-19 and the blockage of the Suez Canal, organizations have never more keenly felt the impact of their supplier chains and the need to manage their suppliers better. This supplier safe operability standard provides organizations with visibility on how prepared their suppliers are and where any potential risks may lie.

State of Flux - UN COVID-19 and Safe Supplier Operability
State of Flux - UN COVID-19 and Safe Supplier Operability
State of Flux - UN COVID-19 and Safe Supplier Operability


The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, assisting micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in developing economies to become competitive in global markets and contribute to sustainable development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Part One: Seven Unanticipated Risks and Supplier Management at Speed

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"From a procurement and supply chain perspective, the disruption is immense, but why? Because COVID-19 is unprejudiced, affecting every geography, industry, and sector."

In helping global organisations to be more resilient during the pandemic, we have identified seven risks that are commonly overlooked.

  • Learn more about the seven key themes that you can address to prevent interruptions from another pandemic-type event.

  • Discover how to implement SRM at speed, maximising longevity and deliver rapid results even in the midst of a pandemic.

  • Find out more about the impact of technology in supplier management and how to make it a key enabler for accelerated value delivery.

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Part Two: The Safe Supplier Operating Standard

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"If the global economy is to recover and move forward, procurement and supply chain need to reinvent supplier relationships to be more collaborative at all levels."

In Part Two we present that Safe Operability Checklists, designed to gauge your supplier's health and viability, and facilitate the discussion and application of safe working practices.

  • Download the Safe Operability Checklists and learn how they can help embed best practice, and provide a focus for joint planning activities.
  • From workforce health to financial viability; stay on-top of the challenges ahead with a clear approach to operations in a COVID world.

  • Facilitate transparency across your network and build stronger relationships within your supply chain.

Complete the form below to download Part Two