Guidance on supply chain continuity

PD 25222:2011

Business continuity management. Guidance on supply chain continuity

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : December 2011 Replaced By : PD ISO/TS 22318:2015

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What is PD 25222 Guidance on supply chain continuity?

PD 25222 Guidance on supply chain continuity will arm you with the practical methods you need to help you deliver your products and services in the event of incident affecting your supply chain (upstream, downstream and between you and organizations of the same tier.)

This includes, for example, how to obtain and maintain assurance that suppliers’ continuity arrangements protect you adequately. What’s more, using this guidance you can make sure your Supply Chain Continuity Management measures match the level of risk you face - so you're not wasting time or money on controls that aren’t necessary, for example.

How do I put this expert guidance into context?

PD 25222 Business continuity management – Guidance on supply chain continuity is packed with examples of how weaknesses in the continuity of the supply chain have compromised and even spelt the end of organizations – so you can avoid the pitfalls.

What does PD 25222 Guidance on supply chain continuity include exactly?

Scope 2
Normative references 2
Terms and definitions 2
Why is supply chain continuity important? 4
Analysis of the supply chain 11
Considering options: developing strategies 19
Operational considerations 23
Assurance, ongoing management and review 24


Annex A (informative) Working with critical suppliers 31
Bibliography 33

Figure 1 – The business continuity management (BCM) lifecycle 1
Figure 2 – Supply chain outcome: horizontal flow and vertical dependencies 5
Figure 3 – Supplier analysis flow chart 14
Figure 4 – Example supply chain map 16
Figure 5 – Example disruption to supply chain 16
Figure 6 – Example assurance process 29

How will PD 25222 Guidance on supply chain continuity help me?

All organizations rely on some form of supply chains, many of which are getting more complex and extending (often internationally), as we try to reduces cost and get more efficient.

Because reducing inventory time and other forms of “waste” means that goods, services, information and money are moving faster, the opportunities have massively increased…but so too have the risks. Within less time the impact of interruptions in the supply chain are getting bigger, felt more acutely, sooner and more often. It’s for this reason efficient networks are now more often than not proving the most vulnerable when exposed to a disruption.

In the worst cases, disruptions in the supply chain have seriously jeopardised or destroyed organizations not to mention the lasting effects of damaged brand image and reputation. By mapping supply chain results, as specified in PD 2522 you can better understanding where and how to improve your supply chain continuity, which in turn can increase efficiency and reduce the likelihood and impact of supply chain interruptions. But you can expect more benefits by simply adopting effective supply chain continuity management (SCCM) as specified in PD 25222.

Get a competitive advantage with good supply chain continuity management (SCCM)

  • You can gain new customers by distinguishing yourself from competitors who do not have in place effective SCCM arrangements. If you rely on any suppliers to deliver your services or products, and on time, you will appreciate the business sense it makes to make sure you can continue to function effectively if your supplier is no longer able to provide you with the products or service you need
  • Collaborate with suppliers and customers more effectively

  • Identify and mitigate supply chain risks more often and earlier before they impact your organization - so you save time and money before a situation can escalate

  • Improve business-as-usual supplier management, planning, due diligence, assurance and working relationships with suppliers

What kind of relationships does this document apply to?

PD 25222 Business continuity management – Guidance on supply chain continuity covers the supply of products and services, both internally and externally, to service level agreements (SLAs) under any type of ongoing supplier relationship, though it might also cover certain one-off relationships.

Who should use PD 25222 Business continuity management – Guidance on supply chain continuity?

Anyone involved in supply chain management especially anyone who procures supplies (if you are responsible for buying a product or service necessary to your organization’s critical products or services).

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PD 25888 Guidance on organization recovery following disruptive incidents - these step-by-step instructions will help you to develop and implement effective recovery in response to an incident -so you can recover faster and more easily. Find out more now

BS 25999-2 has been superseded by BS ISO 22301 . Subsequently this standard will be withdrawn in November 2012

Standard NumberPD 25222:2011
TitleBusiness continuity management. Guidance on supply chain continuity
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date31 December 2011
Withdrawn Date31 October 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 25999-1:2006, BS 25999-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 11000, BS EN ISO 9000:2005, PD 25888
Replaced ByPD ISO/TS 22318:2015
DescriptorsAuditing (financial), Organizations, Enterprises, Management operations, Risk analysis, Business continuity, Planning, Forecasting, Financial management, Supply and demand, Economic processes, Commerce, Analysis
ISBN978 0 580 73902 6
File Size2.201 MB

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