SCMA Guiding Principles for Advocacy

The SCMA engages in advocacy so that supply chain professionals have a strong and respected voice in the development of policy and in critical debates. We are a leading contributor by generating and sharing ideas to improve the supply chain system for a more competitive Canada. Our advocacy guiding principles define our opinions and shape our actions and messaging with governments and the media.

Supply Chain Reliability

We believe that reliable and predictable supply chains are critical to the competitiveness of the Canadian economy by delivering consistent business performance and yielding the best value to customers and consumers. Unreliable and unpredictable supply chains cost business and consumers and may result in supply shortfalls. Increasing reliability and predictability is a top priority since it enhances productivity and reduces costs.

Supply Chain Security

We believe that the global nature of supply chains requires security measures that protect every link in the chain against disruptions and threats. Without adequate security precautions and strategy, companies leave themselves vulnerable to a host of threats and hazards. Companies must take a multi-layered approach by monitoring and managing their procedures, documentation, facilities and personnel to ensure they are secure.     

Supply Chain Transparency

We believe that true supply chain transparency requires visibility and traceability throughout the supply chain starting upstream with suppliers and their raw materials right through to the customer. Establishing trust and protecting reputation both depend on a business’ ability to operate responsibly at every link in the supply chain. By utilizing smart technologies, companies can enable greater supply chain transparency.

Safety in Supply Chains 

We believe that companies must take serious measures to ensure safety in their supply chains. Through monitoring and enforcement of compliance programs, companies can mitigate the impact to one segment of the supply chain spreading to others. Consumer product safety as well as workplace safety and regulatory compliance must be embedded in supply chain processes.

Sustainability in Supply Chains

We believe that sustainability in supply chains means leading with environmentally and socially-responsible practices. Companies can effect change through effective corporate social responsibility policies, by working with their suppliers to manage impacts on the planet and positioning themselves for strong growth through fearless innovation. As consumers are increasingly more conscious of their purchasing power and its impact on a global level, those companies that ensure sustainability in their supply chains will be poised for growth.

World Class Talent that Supports Supply Chains

We believe the supply chain sector is and will remain one of the leading sources of Canadian employment opportunities. Without making significant investments in world class supply chain talent, Canada will be unable to sustain innovation and economic growth. We will work with governments and industry to ensure that resources are made available for education, training and re-training to ensure that those working in Canada’s supply chain sector are leading in the world.

World Class Infrastructure that supports Supply Chains

We believe that effectively moving goods, people, and information within both our domestic and international markets depends on world class infrastructure. Without leading edge infrastructure, the integrity of Canada’s supply chains is compromised and Canada’s positioning in global trade is at risk. In order to sustain economic growth, governments at all levels, in collaboration with corporate partners, need to invest in well-planned infrastructure projects that include critical digital infrastructure.

Innovation in Trade Facilitation

We believe that in order to facilitate and enhance the movement of goods, people, services, finance and information, non-tariff barriers to trade need to be removed and cross-border processes need to be streamlined. Canada should work with the supply chain community to reduce unpredictability and inconsistency in cross border and inter-provincial trade by reducing red tape, leveraging new and emerging technologies, tools, and approaches, and by strengthening regulatory cooperation.