Supply Chain Transparency, Vendor Compliance and Factory Safety: What You Need to Know

Supply Chain Transparency, Vendor Compliance and Factory Safety: What You Need to Know

March 18, 2013


Our last blog post focused on the tragic events that have made factory safety and vendor compliance such an important issue. In this week's post, we take a closer look at how NGC's Vendor Compliance system can help ensure better supply chain transparency and accountability. 

NGC developed our Vendor Compliance software, part of NGC’s Extended PLM system, as a complete system to help companies take the necessary steps to ensure worker safety and comply with regulatory and social mandates. Workflow calendars, exception management and global collaboration features make it easy to schedule audits and tests, stay on top of deadlines, and maintain all required documentation in a web-based portal that is accessible throughout your global supply chain. Whether you work with dozens of vendors or thou­sands, NGC’s Vendor Compliance helps ensure that nothing falls through the cracks, and that all product and regulatory tests and audits are com­pleted on time. [[more]]

Key features include the following:

  • Critical information such as factory safety records and vendor scorecards are available at any time through the Vendor Compliance portal.
  • Vendor profiles include each supplier's current compliance audits, performance and quality history, and other information – instantly accessible through a web-based portal.
  • The company’s Standards of Vendor Engagement are housed and managed within vendor profiles in NGC’s system, helping to ensure that factories comply with your company's sourcing standards and policies.
  • The system’s proactive calendars alert you to audit and re-certification dates and exceptions, and NGC’s collaboration engine documents and stores all related communications. If factories don't pass the audit, the system assigns a corrective action plan. The vendor profiles can be accessed throughout the global supply chain, for easy access at any time.

Vendor Compliance also helps manage the details for compliance with SB657, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, by ensuring that your vendor standards are always available, along with audit results and compliance forms. and Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). Vendor profiles also include current documenta­tion for complying with C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) regulations.

The system helps track and manage the required testing processes for CPSIA (the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), allowing you to easily initiate test requests, test styles and materials, and track and approve test results; the system automatically cre­ates the required COC/GCC documentation.

With Vendor Compliance, exceptions can be created to alert management when POs are written to vendors that have not been certified in various areas, or whose certification has expired. The system includes a collaboration engine that documents each communication related to regulatory compliance and stores it in the Extend­ed PLM software, where it can easily be accessed. This centralized portal greatly simplifies supply chain collaboration by storing all relevant communications, eliminating the need to rely on email or fax.

In short, vendor Compliance can be an integral part of any company's supply chain operations – and in our next blog post, we'll look at another system that can further extend your capabilities for supply chain management and agility.

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