1st newsletter of the BePrepared project!

The “SMEs: Be Prepared For Supply Chain Risks” project was launched in September 2020.

Supply chains have become more and more connected and globalized. Data exchange has increased over the years due to ICT advancements. Even though this increased data exchange can contribute to certain benefits, such as improved processes and planning it also bears several risks, such as the loss of proprietary knowledge or unintended revelation of crucial business insights to other actors.

Further, the increasing digital integration of supply chains bears the risk of being the focus of cyber-attacks. Both threats:
➢ not to know which business insights or critical knowledge can be derived from shared data, and
➢ to be the target of a cyber-attack

are major concerns of companies regardless of size. Thus, a sound understanding of risks that can occur in supply chains is an essential part of digital competencies SME professionals should have to act in confident, critical, and responsible ways.
Taking into consideration those, the main objective of the “SMEs: Be prepared for supply chain risks!” project is to develop a VET training intended to better prepare SMEs for identifying and handling supply chain risks.

The project targets SMEs, in particular, because they are important actors in value chains and a vital component of EU economies, but at the same time, they typically have limited resources to address and manage the supply chain risks properly. Additionally, the project addresses young professionals to prepare them for starting a position in an SME or even starting a new venture.

The project’s activities include

  • The identification of relevant supply chain risks from a knowledge-based and a cyber-security perspective and the promotion of good practices concerning supply chain risk management and their possible application in SMEs specific features.
  • The development of the motivation video will highlight relevant supply chain risks.
  • The creation of a Best Practice Report which will inform about state of the art in different industries and countries
  • The Be Prepared Training will enable participants to understand, identify, cooperatively assess and tackle relevant digital SCR that can occur in progressive digital interactions.
  • The “Be prepared” Learning Room, a case-based teaching, will be developed to confront the participants with a set of examples illustrating typical and relevant risks that manifest in supply-chain network
  • To widen the project impact beyond partnership regions, partners will create a Practical Guidance Pack confirming the importance and value of supply chain risk management. The guide will complement project activities and sustainability.

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