The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Get effective eye solutions with Retina Doctor 2016-05-10T04:23:14Z get-effective-eye-solutions-with-retina-doctor Eyes are special and you need to make sure that your eyes are in good conditions. Only a blind person can tell you the utmost importance of eyes and how he misses to see this beautiful world full of colors, nature and creativity. Irrespective of your age, you need to visit the eye surgeon at regular time intervals to make sure that they are in good and healthy condition. 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Ms Welsh was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram.   “Like too many women, I had been putting off my mammogram due to work and life commitments,” says Kerri. “I almost cancelled again. I am so thankful every day that I didn’t, as the mammogram showed I had breast cancer.   “I had no symptoms, no lump. I wouldn’t have found it any other way until it was much more advanced. My story could have ended so differently.”   Kerri urges women to make screening a priority, “It’s only 20 minutes out of your life; it’s easy; and it’s free. It’s very important to have a mammogram.”   Speaking of the importance of the BreastScreen NSW program, Mrs Skinner says, “A woman diagnosed today with breast cancer in NSW has among the highest chances of survival in the world. However, we know that early detection is the key to further improving survival.                    “Through the BreastScreen NSW program, women across the state have access to a free breast screening service that exists to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Almost all breast cancers found in the earliest stage can be treated successfully.”   Professor David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, which manages the BreastScreen NSW program, explained the campaign’s importance.   “Nine hundred women in NSW die of breast cancer each year. That’s more than two women every day. We know that breast cancer screening saves lives. Yet only around half of eligible women, aged 50-74, have their recommended mammogram every two years.”   “It is our hope that by listening to Kerri’s powerful story many of these women will pick up the phone and book their free mammogram.”   BreastScreen NSW offers free mammograms through over 200 screening locations. To find your nearest BreastScreen NSW service, visit breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.  About BreastScreen NSW BreastScreen NSW is coordinated across the state by the Cancer Institute NSW. It is part of the national BreastScreen Australia program and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. The service aims to detect breast cancer early, when treatment is most successful.   In NSW there are over 200 screening locations and all radiographers are female. Breast x-rays are reviewed by at least two specialist doctors. You don’t need a referral from your doctor, just call BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50 to book a free screening mammogram.  For media inquiries: Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop 0407 078 407 laura@holysmokeagency.com   Cancer Institute NSW Laura Kiely 0415 158 229 Laura.Kiely@cancerinstitute.org.au - ENDS -   If you wish to be unsubscribed from this list, click the following link Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T22:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T00:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T00:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here. CEO concerns over global economy deepen 2016-01-28T23:05:52Z ceo-concerns-over-global-economy-deepen Three fifths of global CEOs believe continuing economic uncertainty will lead to compromises in the ability of their organization to maintain high standards, threatening trust in their business and the companies they supply.  Independent research[1] commissioned by BSI, the business standards company, explores the top threats to organizational resilience[2], with macroeconomic uncertainty ranked top ahead of disruptive competition and information security. The 120 CEOs polled from around the globe, reveal how fragile modern operations with global supply chains are. Two thirds (64%) of bosses admit that the concept of organizational resilience is inconsistently understood across their business, despite 70% believing it to be vital to the long-term viability of their operation. Encouragingly 28% of CEOs are confident they secure an advantage in the market from organizational resilience, almost half (49%) claiming it enhances their company’s reputation and 39% suggesting it has improved their organization’s competitiveness through quicker and better targeted responses to opportunities. The research also found that North American firms are more than twice as likely as European firms to have boosted the quality of their products and services through organizational resilience, something that is most commonly held back by short-term financial thinking, a lack of skills and a failure to focus on the management of resilience. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “CEOs may become so risk averse that they’re not only missing out on opportunities, but potentially undermining the long-term resilience of their organizations. Leaders need to have confidence in the ability of their team to remain agile and adaptive, while maintaining robust processes in the face of uncertainty. Ultimately today’s challenging conditions offer an opportunity to forge stronger team dynamics and delivery.” Product quality control scandals at more specialist organizations/suppliers have led to serious repercussions for the firms they supply.  For example, Honda was recently forced to recall almost 25 million cars due to issues with faulty airbags. The BSI research reveals the consequence of such activities and shows that the majority of firms both large and small worry about compromising standards. Just a quarter (24%) of CEOs at firms with revenues under $500 million per annum are totally satisfied with their organization’s quality control processes, while this rises to only a third (31%) at larger firms. Worldwide more than half of CEOs (52%) attributed failures in organizational resilience to a lack of skills amongst their workforce. In a signal as to the importance of the issue, more than half (57%) of CEOs take personal responsibility for driving organizational resilience across their business. Just a quarter (25%) entrusted responsibility to colleagues below C-level in their seniority. Kerr concluded: “Change must be led from the top. Organizations can be surprisingly naive, ignoring advice and best practice until they experience a setback themselves. CEO resignations aren’t just token sacrifices; they are a symptom of a wider malaise. Adapting and coping with change is a team effort, based on a culture of excellence across people, products and processes. True leaders recognize that Organizational Resilience is a strategic imperative across the whole business.” [1] Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise, Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2015 [2] BS 65000 – Guidance on organizational resilience defines Organizational Resilience as ‘the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and thrive.’  Notes to Editors: The polling was carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the BSI commissioned Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise report published in November 2015. It surveyed 411 business executives, 61% of whom were heads of departments, SVPs or CEOs. Of these, 20% represented companies more than 100 years old, and 16% worked for companies less than ten years old. One-half of these organizations had more than US$500m in annual revenue, while 10% had an annual revenue of US$10bn or more. Respondents were drawn primarily from Europe (29%), North America (30%) and Asia-Pacific (30%). For a full copy of the research, please contact the press office. About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au Just one third of CEOs believe their organization has the resilience to succeed 2015-11-30T04:50:31Z just-one-third-of-ceos-believe-their-organization-has-the-resilience-to-succeed A new report released today (November 30th) by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of BSI identifies a worrying gap in the capability of firms to maintain long-term growth. The global study of business leaders[1] reveals that just one third (29%) trust that their firms have fully embedded resilience practices, and less than half (44%) expect it to be the case in three years’ time. This is despite 88% believing that resilience is a priority for their organizations, and indispensable for long-term growth (80%). The study, “Organizational resilience: Building an enduring enterprise”, finds that achieving the resilience to survive and prosper in the long-term is held back by a lack of skills and knowledge, insufficient leadership commitment and short-term financial considerations. It also highlights that cultural resistance and skills silos create weak-points and bottlenecks within an organization. Two fifths (39%) of business leaders struggle to secure business support for essential resilience measures such as information security, supply chain efficiency and corporate governance. Just one in five (19%) European organizations have succeeded in fully embedding resilient processes, compared to a third in North America (37%) and Asia Pacific (34%). Worldwide, a third (33%) of larger organizations have resilient processes embedded across their business, compared to a quarter (26%) of those with revenues of less than $500 million. Smaller businesses are held back by a lack of knowledge, whereas larger firms cite financial issues. Older organizations are found to be more likely to see the connection between resilience and long-term growth. Resilience as a driver of business success is defined by the report from the avoidance of operational failures to a strategic enabler. Three fifths (61%) see it as a source of competitive advantage, with more than half seeing a very strong link between investment in this area and long-term financial performance. Firms interviewed for the report, including Fiskars, the 366 year old Finnish consumer goods company, explained that achieving organizational resilience is vital for long-term financial success. True resilience is found to come from strategic adaptability across all aspects of operations. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “Navigating today’s fast moving and ever-changing world requires companies to be agile, robust and adaptive in order to defy corporate mortality and pass the test of time. That two out of three business leaders believe their organizations may fail this test, shows just how fragile and vulnerable company structures are. This is further reinforced by high-profile examples regularly appearing around the world.” The report identifies six key features of resilient organizations: Proactive approach – a willingness to adapt before being forced to Dynamic leadership – support from the top of organization to embed process, CEO down Responsiveness to change – a willingness to listen to market needs Strong corporate culture – holistic inclusion and recognition of everyone’s responsibility and contribution to the business Keeping focused – possessing a clear vision, purpose and identity Long-term view – avoiding responding solely to short-term financial goals Victoria Tuomisto, editor of the report from the Economist Intelligence Unit concludes: "The apparent gap between the intention and action in companies' approach towards resilience suggests that businesses are facing a host of challenges in embedding resilience in a changing and volatile marketplace. These, in turn, will be different for every company. But a resilient organisation by definition is one that is constantly shifting and adapting; there is no ‘finish line’ when it comes to implementing a culture of resilience” To download a copy of the report: ‘Organizational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise’, please click here. [1] Survey of 411 business executives drawn from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific together with in-depth interviews with business leaders and industry experts. BSI nominee, Dr. Marie Yee wins Richard Stanton Award 2015-11-12T04:10:22Z bsi-nominee-dr-marie-yee-wins-richard-stanton-award BSI is delighted that Dr. Marie Yee from Forestry Tasmania was chosen as the worthy recipient of the inaugural Richard Stanton Award. Dr. Yee was nominated by Mr Ross Garsden, BSI’s Forest Management Systems specialist. Ross audits the majority of Australia’s larger forest managers and is in the box seat when it comes to seeing the extensive innovations and improvement in forest management being achieved by many organisations throughout Australia. Ross said, ‘Marie’s work on the development of Forestry Tasmania’s Landscape Context Planning System prompted the nomination. Supported by a team of dedicated specialists, Marie has developed a system of forest management planning that provides a high level of certainty that biodiversity is being managed effectively within the forest at a landscape scale. This is fundamental to the principles of sustainable forest management. The technology has immediate applicability elsewhere for any organisation responsible for sustainable management of native forests.’ The award was presented by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, at the Australian Forestry Standard Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 21 October 2015. The award honoured the life of Richard Stanton, the former Executive Officer of AFS Ltd who was killed in a tragic accident earlier this year. AFS Ltd chair Kate Carnell said Mr. Stanton’s knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for the Australian Forestry Standard was extraordinary. “He had always been devoted to expanding sustainable forests,” she said. "Richard was a wonderful colleague, a dear friend, and well respected within the PEFC family. We appreciate that this award keeps his memory and his dedication to responsible forestry alive," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. The award, jointly sponsored by BSI, aimed to recognise those who have made a significant and valuable contribution to sustainability though their innovation, improvement or excellence in forest management. Marie’s work is underpinned by Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to the AFS certification scheme and sustainable forest management. Employing ADF Reservists Makes Good Business Sense For Global Firm 2015-10-30T04:24:01Z employing-adf-reservists-makes-good-business-sense-for-global-firm BSI (British Standards Institution) is a company that works with businesses to equip them with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.  With more than 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI believes they are an organisation whose standards inspire excellence across the globe. BSI Group ANZ General Manager Sales & Marketing John Krnel said employing Defence Force Reservists made “good business sense”. “What we have found over the years is that many of the skills developed within a Defence Force context directly translate to the corporate environment,” Mr Krnel said. “Defence Force Reservists demonstrate excellent leadership qualities. We find they bring a myriad of skills to the workplace.” Leadership, initiative and teamwork are just some of the personal attributes Defence Force Reservists bring to the BSI Group ANZ workplace, he said. Mr Krnel said an excellent example of the benefits of employing a Reservist was BSI Group ANZ Business Development Manager Andrew Moore. Mr Moore is Squadron Sergeant Major, A Squadron, with the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers (1/15 RNSWL) Light Cavalry Regiment located at Parramatta, NSW. “Andrew applies his Defence leadership skills in managing his team,” Mr Krnel said. “In return for all of the skills developed in the Defence Force we offer Reservists with flexible working arrangements and support through the BSI Group ANZ Defence Leave Policy.” Mr Moore said he appreciated the support he received from BSI Group ANZ. “BSI Group ANZ has a number of mechanisms in place to ensure employees who are Defence Force Reservists are supported,” Mr Moore said. “Like any employer there has to be give and take, giving BSI as much as possible notice has always helped me in being able to be released to attend courses and training for extend periods of time. “As well as the leadership benefits employees bring to the workplace, employers of Defence Force Reservists are eligible for a range of benefits provided through the Defence Reserves Support organisation”. Financial incentives such as the Employer Support Payment Scheme and ‘Reservist Experience’ programs such as Exercise Executive Stretch and Exercise Boss Lift are two examples of support provided to employers. Earlier this year Mr Krnel got a first-hand taste of military life when he took part in the Defence Reserves Support VIP Challenge held at the Australian Army Recruit Training in Kapooka, NSW. The aim of the challenge, which is held annually, is to provide employers the opportunity to observe and experience the personal, technical and professional skills Reservists receive as a member of the Navy, Army or Air Force Reserve. “Activities included leadership and survival skills training as well as team building exercises and physical challenges,” Mr Krnel said. “It really was a great experience -especially the confidence course.” Defence Reserves Support Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General Iain Spence, CSC, RFD will address the upcoming Western Sydney Business Connection Greater Western Sydney Employer Forum on 12 November. BSI obtains first global accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 2015-08-26T04:56:24Z bsi-obtains-first-global-accreditation-for-iso-9001-2015 BSI, the business standards company, is the first certification body to receive official global accreditation status from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for the new Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001:2015. To gain accredited status, BSI’s transition process and auditor training to the new standard have been independently assessed to ensure it operates at the highest level of quality and service.  This provides assurance to clients that the certificates issued to them, once the new standard is published, are both credible and impartial. BSI can now carry out audits to the new version of the standard meaning organizations can begin their transition process. The new ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to take into account today’s dynamic and globally interconnected world. Some of the key changes include: - Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs- A requirement that those at the top of an organization be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy- Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement - Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organization can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in- Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text Marc Barnes, Managing Director of BSI Group ANZ said “ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular management system standard. Being the first Certification Body to attain accreditation is a testament to our profile as thought leaders in international compliance standards”.  BSI is here to help our clients transition to the new standard, embedding the latest best practice into your organizations and enabling them to take advantage of the additional benefits as early as possible. Find out more about the 2015 revision  Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department:Ph: +61 02 8877 7131 Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com HealthcareLink succeeds with innovation in online medical recruitment 2015-08-26T01:17:21Z healthcarelink-succeeds-with-innovation-in-online-medical-recruitment Sydney, 26 August 2015: Healthcarelink.com.au, Australia’s first and only online healthcare recruitment platform, has experienced an increased growth in the number of jobseekers and employers joining its platform in the last twelve months. The platform has attracted over 7000 healthcare and medical professionals searching for jobs, with over 3600 registering since September 2014. The niche online job platform is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing healthcare jobseekers to create online profiles, apply for jobs and even be headhunted by employers. Employers are equally attracted to HealthcareLink’s open and transparent approach to medical recruitment, enjoying the simple and direct approach to posting jobs and searching for suitable candidates using the platform’s unique search functionality. There are over 1300 employers on the platform, with more than 1200 since September 2014. According to a report from professional services firm McKinsey & Company, online job platforms are set to deliver up to $28 billion to the country’s GDP by 2025. HealthcareLink’s founder and CEO, Kopi Nadarajah says “We’re ecstatic about how both employers and jobseekers in the industry have responded to our service. Employers have more choice as to how they want to look for and hire new staff, and healthcare professionals know they can find the most number of healthcare jobs on our platform.” With this increasing support for its open approach to recruitment, HealthcareLink has brought out an innovative new service to its platform called ‘Referral Rewards’. New to the healthcare and medical industry, HealthcareLink’s Referral Rewards service aims to give employers increased choice in how they find the best suitable candidates. Employers agree on a price with HealthcareLink and can request the entire HealthcareLink network to refer suitable potential candidates. If selected, the referrer is rewarded with the agreed amount. “Referral rewards is offered in a number of other industries, so why should healthcare lag behind?”, says Nadarajah. “Vacancies in Australian healthcare affects the whole community, and that’s what HealthcareLink is about - increasing the efficiency in filling vital gaps in our community.” To find out more about HealthcareLink, visit http://healthcarelink.com.au ABOUT HEALTHCARELINKHealthcareLink.com.au is a niche online recruitment platform, serving the healthcare and medical industry. HealthcareLink provides an unique online cloud-based platform that matches employers and jobseekers based on their required criteria.Its goal is to break through the inefficiencies inherent within the medical and healthcare sourcing and hiring process within Australia. Visit http://healthcarelink.com.auFor more information, please contact: Shuba PaheerathanKite Services+61 438 606 424shubangi@kiteservices.com.au BSI Launches PAS 96 for suppliers 2015-08-24T05:21:12Z bsi-launches-pas-96-for-suppliers Business standards company, BSI, has launched a new specification for preventing deliberate attack on food and drink. The new Publically Available Specification (PAS 96) has been developed to prevent deliberate attacks on food and drink and to improve the resilience of all parts of production and supply chains against attack. PAS 96 covers types of attackers and addresses a number of specific threats including extortion, malicious contamination, cybercrime, espionage, economically motivated adulteration and counterfeiting. To address these types of attacks, PAS 96 introduces Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP), a risk management framework closely aligned with HACCP. TACCP can be used by food businesses as part of a broad risk management strategy to reduce the likelihood of a deliberate attack, reduce the impact of an attack and reassure stakeholders about the safety of the production and supply chain. PAS 96 is intended for use by all organisations involved in the food and agri-food sector, many of which operate in areas with very little legal protection. Businesses can access PAS 96 for free for a short time by visiting shop.bsigroup.com Require more information about PAS 96? Contact Todd RedwoodGeneral Manager - Food, Supply Chain and OperationsEmail: todd.redwood@bsigroup.com BSI Global Supply Chain Intelligence Raises Alarm on Human Rights Breaches 2015-08-03T07:09:04Z bsi-global-supply-chain-intelligence-raises-alarm-on-human-rights-breaches Top five countries for Corporate Social Responsibility human rights risks identified Asian efforts to reduce red-tape create broader supply chain risks for global brands. The risk of organizations breaching international human rights regulations has risen significantly over the last quarter as key Asian economies adapt to tougher economic conditions. Rising labour costs in China have led companies to diversify their supply chains into other high-risk countries such as Vietnam, especially for electronics, apparel, and footwear. This is the conclusion of the latest Risk Index Report from BSI, in which it identifies China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar as the five highest risk countries for human rights violations. These countries account for 48% of global apparel production, 53% of global apparel exports, and 26% of global electronics exports. The Quarterly BSI Risk Index is based on intelligence from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN) tool, which provides real-time incident reports for corporate social responsibility (CSR), security, and business continuity risk, threats, across 20+ proprietary risk categories across 200 countries. Supply Chain Intelligence from SCREEN -identifies major CSR concerns, such as brand protection risks and changes to global regulation including the US legislation aimed at eliminating forced child labour, EU draft conflict minerals law, and the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.  All of which relate directly to complex supply chains worldwide and can subject an organization to prosecution if their suppliers exploit human rights. In addition to the legal repercussions, an organization’s brand reputation and consumer trust is compromised. The latest generation of consumers, millennials, are focused on buying from ethical and responsible businesses, highlighting the increased importance for organizations to adopt a supply chain risk management program and implement risk-based sourcing strategies. Understanding country-level threats provides the needed intelligence to filter risk to underpin a socially compliant and responsible supply chain.  The latest BSI Risk Index report warns that efforts by Asian governments to boost their economies are having the unintended consequence of allowing child labour abuses to become more present in supply chains. Also highlighted were proposed changes to labour laws that may incentivise firms to restructure as “family enterprises”, making it easier to employ under-age workers in a country where 4.4 million children are already put to work. Two thirds of child workers are found in agriculture (69.5%), and 17.5% in industries such as garment manufacturing.  Mike Bailey, EMEA Director of Professional Services, BSI commented: “Organizations can no longer turn a blind eye to the actions of their suppliers. The laws we are seeing today may only apply to larger firms, but they set a benchmark for the industry and smaller organizations will be forced to comply to work with the larger companies, by default. Products assembled or services provided by child labour or depending on minerals from conflict zones have no place in the modern world.”  BSI’s Risk Index highlights that 880,000 companies could potentially be affected by the new draft conflict minerals law approved by the European Parliament in May. The law follows the United States’ Dodd-Frank Act, but is far more extensive in its remit, covering not only the 50,000 tonnes of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten exported from Central Africa, but also minerals from around the world. BSI SCREEN has identified Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela, among others, as countries of concern.  It further goes on to note that the Dodd-Frank Act has seen approximately 1,300 companies from a variety of industries, including the aerospace, automotive, electronics, industrial and retail sectors, submit their first required disclosure reports to the US Government.  Bailey concludes: “Some organizations underestimate the damage that can be caused by not adopting and enforcing ethical practices across their supply chain. Command and control from the centre means nothing if it is not rigorously monitored and enforced. For too long, extended supply chains have obscured ethically questionable practices, tools such as SCREEN highlight country level corporate social responsibility risks helping increase visibility and awareness, and enforce a responsible and ethical supply chain.”  To request a copy of BSI’s CSR Risk Index please click here.  Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department:Ph: +61 02 8877 7131 Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com ISO 9001: 2015 Final Draft is published 2015-07-14T23:58:24Z iso-9001-2015-final-draft-is-published ISO 9001 has benefit millions of organizations worldwide with users reporting increased growth, productivity, retention and significantly higher customer satisfaction.In September, the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 will be published. This will  be the first major revision of the standard since 2000. The Final Draft International standard (FDIS) has been released, which you can be confident that the information contained in the FDIS will be in line with the final version.  Since 2000 the way we do business has dramatically changed. We all have instant access to information and higher expectations of organizations we work with, whilst having to deal with more complex supply chains and a globally competitive economy. ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to take this into account.  Some of the key changes include: Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs Top management of an organization will be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement  Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organization can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text  ISO 9000, which is also being revised and will be published at the same time, outlines the terms and definitions crucial to understanding ISO 9001.  Marc Barnes, Managing Director, BSI Group ANZ, said: “ISO 9001 is the world’s most used management system standard and as such all eyes are on this revision. The impact it has had in shaping how organizations manage the issue of quality correctly, is huge. No organization can afford to let their standards slip and the new ISO 9001 encompasses the changing needs of businesses.” Existing certification clients have three years from when the new edition publishes, to transition from the 2008 version to the 2015 version. BSI has developed a suite of materials, services and courses to help make this transition as smooth as possible. All of the information is provided on our webite: www.bsigroup.com/en-au/ISO-9001-Revision Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department:Ph: +61 02 8877 7131 Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com