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  • Title: Supply Chain Complexity: Department of Defense | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Home.. Supply Chain Complexity: Department of Defense.. February 8, 2013.. |.. Counterfeit.. ,.. Global Supply Chains.. SHARE:.. A recent.. U.. S.. Senate committee report.. describes 1,800 known cases of suspect counterfeit electronic parts in the defense supply chain, supplied by more than 650 companies.. The pervasive issue of counterfeit parts is a major issue and may lead to unreliable operations or even failure of key components.. In another.. report.. from the Government Accountability Office, out of 16 randomly selected parts commonly used in military-grade platforms, every part they examined was found to be either a suspect counterfeit or bogus.. Richard J.. Hillman, Managing Director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, stated in his.. testimony.. to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Counterfeit parts generally those whose sources knowingly misrepresent the parts identity or pedigree have the potential to seriously disrupt the Department of Defense supply chain, delay missions, affect the integrity of weapon systems, and ultimately endanger the lives of our troops.. The issue of counterfeit components is deeply  ...   continents throughout the world.. At any of these points, counterfeits can infiltrate products.. CREATe Leading Practices for IP protection.. offers online assessment tools, independent evaluations, and training for companies to work collaboratively with their suppliers and business partners to mitigate the risk of counterfeits entering supply chains.. Download the whitepaper.. , Health Safety Risks from Counterfeits in the Supply Chain.. Learn more about CREATe s services by visiting.. tools and training.. SUBSCRIBE.. TAGS.. Intellectual Property (46).. Anti-corruption (36).. Supply Chain (17).. Intellectual Property Protection (17).. Counterfeit (15).. Global Supply Chains (11).. Compliance (9).. Trade Secret Theft (8).. IP (5).. FCPA (2).. Corporate Social Responsibility (2).. Events (1).. risk mitigation (1).. corporate compliance (1).. fighting corruption (1).. FEATURED STORIES.. Intellectual Property Protection: Not Just for the Legal Department.. Fighting Corruption: Good for Corporations.. Pilot Update: IP Protection Status – Insight on Asia.. IN THE NEWS.. Foreign Affairs: How to Protect Intellectual Property by CREATe’s Pamela Passman.. Visit News Events.. 2 days 13 hours.. 2 days 19 hours.. 3 days 18 hours..

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  • Title: The Impact of Global Supply Chains on Trade | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: The Impact of Global Supply Chains on Trade.. January 31, 2013.. Supply Chain.. International institutions, including the World Economic Forum, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Trade Organization, have recently made progress on ambitious projects to help us think about international trade in the 21.. st.. century.. Trade has grown exponentially over the past several decades and the globalization of supply chains have led to benefits such as lowered production costs, consumer access to a wide variety of goods, and increased employment.. Last week, the World Economic Forum released a report titled,.. Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities.. , highlighting research that shows lowering supply chain barriers to trade would increase global GDP six times more than eliminating trade tariffs alone, and would increase trade by 15%.. Reducing supply chain barriers is more effective because it eliminates resource waste, whereas abolishing tariffs mainly reallocates resources.. The report recommends:.. Collaboration between business and governments to determine priority supply chain factors and relevant policies to address them;.. Creation of a high-level government body to oversee supply chain regulation;.. Prioritization of SME input on policy recommendations;.. Pursuance of a.. whole of supply chain.. approach through multilaterals or regional bodies; and.. A global effort to adopt electronic customs systems in an agreed upon data format.. Additionally, in  ...   released in May 2013 ahead of the OECD Ministerial meeting.. org) recognizes that many companies, including SME s, have global supply chains which span multiple countries and regulatory environments.. Although sharing best practices and achieving international standards is a goal many multilateral trade institutions and business organizations strive to achieve, that outcome has not been fully realized.. Often, global companies rely heavily on suppliers and business partners based in countries where the rule of law and a culture of compliance with local laws and international practices are weak.. These same countries are increasingly important markets for global brands revenue and profit growth.. A single product has components and parts that are developed, manufactured and assembled -- and often also sold -- in a number of countries, all which have different standards and operate under different rules and business norms.. Toward the goal of maturing business practices across geographies, CREATe offers companies and their suppliers a practical, scalable and cost-effective framework for implementing management systems to better protect intellectual property and prevent corruption.. features online assessments, training and other resources designed to benchmark and improve processes for safeguarding IP and preventing corruption.. Download the World Economic Forum report:.. Access the OECD-WTO TiVA.. Database.. Learn more about CREATe Leading Practices.. here.. , or e-mail info@create.. org for more information..

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  • Title: Building Resilience in Supply Chains | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: World Economic Forum Releases Report: Building Resilience in Supply Chains.. January 25, 2013.. Government, business and civil society leaders gathered this past week in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum s Annual Meeting.. Yesterday, January 24.. th.. , the Forum s Supply Chain Risk Initiative launched a new report titled,.. Building Resilience in Supply Chains.. This is the second report of the Forum s Risk Initiative; the first,.. New Models for Addressing Supply Chain and Transport Risk.. was released at the 2012 meeting.. The latest report focuses on building a framework to manage the risks of global supply chains, and outlines the requirements for a.. resilience framework.. As the report notes,.. Systemic risks have global geographic scope, cross-industry relevance, uncertainty as to how and when they will occur, and high levels of economic and/or social impact requiring a multi-stakeholder response.. The report supports a multi-stakeholder  ...   resilience strategies.. The Initiative goes on to define four components needed for a global resilience framework, and proposes the following be taken into account by international governing bodies as well as multinational corporations:.. Partnerships:.. harmonize, develop and adopt resilience standards.. Policy:.. create a multi-stakeholder risk assessment process.. Strategy:.. develop adaptable strategies for supply chain resilience.. Information Technology:.. use and expand data sharing platforms.. The Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade,.. , helps companies improve business practices across global supply chains to reduce risks and meet international standards of safeguarding intellectual property and preventing corruption.. The CREATe approach is practical, scalable and cost-effective for multiple industries and geographies.. It includes online assessments, training, and other resources designed to benchmark and improve management processes.. We invite you to learn more and.. Join CREATe.. Download the Executive Summary and Full Report.. or e-mail info@create.. org for a free demonstration..

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  • Title: Views Blog | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: TI Launches Annual Report on Bribery.. September 12, 2012.. Last week, anti-corruption organization Transparency International released its annual progress report on country compliance with the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business.. The Benefits of Collective Action: Insights from Harvard s Jane Nelson.. September 5, 2012.. Why is collective collaboration essential to solving some of the world’s most complex problems? Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, shared her perspectives on.. CREATe Presents at ABPI Congress in Brazil.. August 28, 2012.. This week, CREATe s President and CEO Pamela Passman will join Intellectual Property thought leaders and senior practitioners from across South America at the XXXII International Congress on Intellectual Property in Sao Paulo.. Intellectual Property: Powerhouse for Innovation and Economic Growth.. August 21, 2012.. Allen Dixon, CREATe s IP Counsel, was the principal author for a report prepared by the ICC s Commission on Intellectual Property that explores the role of intellectual property rights (IPR) in.. Global IP Center Launches “IP Delivers” Campaign.. August 17, 2012..  ...   the topic of discussion at an event this week being sponsored by the Brazilian Institute for Ethics in Competition.. IP Protection and Anti-Corruption: A New Approach.. August 8, 2012.. IP theft and corruption are major issues for multinationals.. Counterfeit parts and pirated materials can lead to inferior products and expensive lawsuits; trade secret theft diminishes competitive advantage; and corruption harms.. London Olympics: The Fight Against Counterfeits.. July 27, 2012.. Stories coming out of London during the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games are showing how expansive counterfeiting has become.. The range of merchandise being counterfeited is mind-boggling -- everything from counterfeit cigarette.. Thoughtleaders Share Views of CREATe.. July 23, 2012.. What do thoughtleaders in fair labor, intellectual property and corporate social responsibility think of CREATe.. org?.. House Foreign Affairs Committe Hearing on Unfair Trade Practices.. July 20, 2012.. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Oversight Hearing on Unfair trading practices against the US: Intellectual property rights infringement, property expropriation, and other barriers.. Pages.. « first.. ‹ previous.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16.. next ›.. last »..

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  • Title: Stanford Study: Responsible Supply Chains | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Stanford Study: Responsible Supply Chains.. January 24, 2013.. The.. Stanford Initiative for the Study of Supply Chain Responsibility.. (SISSCR) a consortium of organizations dedicated to examining the relationship between maturity in responsible supply chain (RSC) practices and supply chain performance - recently released a whitepaper on.. Maturity in Responsible Supply Chain Management.. The research questions examined in the whitepaper include:.. What supply chain practices do buyers (i.. e.. , purchasers of materials and services) employ that they believe have a positive impact on social, environmental, and ethical performance?.. Can we develop a framework to assess the relationship between maturity in RSC Practices and supply chain performance?.. Three topics of focus were chosen to examine this relationship:.. Excessive working hours (related to social responsibility);.. Hazardous materials (related to environmental responsibility); and.. Counterfeit components (related to ethical integrity).. For the research, the team interviewed multinational buyers and suppliers in the electronics industry and also reviewed academic literature and best practices from a range of industries.. Counterfeit components are not usually included in supplier responsibility codes of conduct however intellectual property (IP) issues are closely aligned with other key supply chain integrity  ...   and key findings include:.. Management systems.. : policies often include only base minimum legal requirements and are not uniformly communicated across the supply base and with suppliers and managers; these practices can lead to confusion.. Methods to increase supply chain visibility.. : among other highlights, the research suggests that audits don t identify the root cause of a problem, and as such, recommend ongoing monitoring to provide a view into practices.. Actions to improve social, environmental, or ethical performance.. The research recommends implementing a follow-up plan when there are violations; addressing root causes of non-compliance; developing an end-to-end focus; collaborating across and within industries to improve supplier practices; and finally, using a commitment model to develop supplier capabilities, rather than simply auditing compliance.. CREATe is a member of this SISSCR program, along with other sponsors including Cisco, PwC, Microsoft, Intel, Ryder, EMC and research partners MIT and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).. CREATe is working with companies and their suppliers and business partners to help improve management systems for protecting intellectual property and preventing corruption.. To learn more about CREATe Leading Practices or request a demo, email us at.. info@CREATe..

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  • Title: Bribery in the Supply Chain: A Growing Issue | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Bribery in the Supply Chain: A Growing Issue.. January 17, 2013.. Anti-corruption.. This week, The New York Times featured an.. article.. about how the world s largest producer of smartphones, laptops and other electronics, Foxconn Technologies, is working with authorities in China to investigate whether its employees accepted bribes from supply chain partners.. In a statement to media, Foxconn noted: Since the matter is under investigation, we are not able to comment further.. However, we can say that the integrity of our employees is something we take very seriously and any employees found guilty of any illegal actions or violations of our company s Code of Conduct will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.. We are also carrying out a full review of our policies and practices to identify steps we can take to strengthen such measures to further mitigate against such actions.. The issue of corruption in the supply chain is one of growing importance to global brands.. The Conference Board recently conducted a survey.. Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Addressing Corruption in the Supply Chain.. and subsequently released a.. report.. with its  ...   their third parties, instead expecting their third parties to provide such training.. Multinational corporations are facing an increasingly complex anti-corruption environment due to their global supply chains.. Not only do developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom have comprehensive anti-bribery legislation and regulations, but emerging countries like China, which began recently adopted a foreign bribery law, and Russia, which recently joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, are building the capacity to address corruption.. The Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade helps companies mitigate corruption risks through its CREATe Leading Practices for Anti-Corruption program.. We offer practical, scalable and cost-effective online assessments, training and resources designed to benchmark and improve processes for corruption prevention.. CREATe builds on a company s existing management systems to better understand its capacity to prevent corruption, and then measures and improves that capacity over time.. Our service is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese.. To learn more about CREATe Leading Practices for Anti-Corruption click.. here.. or contact info@create.. org for a free demo..

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  • Title: Reducing the Risk: IP Theft and Partners | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Reducing the Risk: IP Theft and Partners.. January 10, 2013.. The most recent edition of the.. Harvard Business Review.. features a fictional case study of a negotiation between an innovative hybrid auto supplier, Prime ElektroTek, and a large Chinese auto manufacturer, Blue Sky.. The scenario exemplifies the challenges around intellectual property (IP) protection with business partners, be it a customer, supplier or agent.. In the case study, the smaller innovative company faced the prospect of its large and important customer potentially reverse engineering its prototypes and cutting it out of the manufacturing process; or alternatively, purchasing the company s IP and using it freely thereafter.. Either situation points to the vulnerabilities of companies seeking to expand into new markets through partnerships.. These issues were echoed in a recent.. by The.. Conference Board.. As part of the research, The Conference Board surveyed Intellectual Property (IP) and compliance attorneys at leading firms worldwide, with respondents representing 55 Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies.. In the findings, roughly half of the executives surveyed perceived extensive risk of IP infringement in emerging markets  ...   trademarks poses significant potential risks for companies, including:.. Loss of business.. , given that a company s unique selling point for its products or services can disappear.. Loss of competitive advantage and business value,.. through competitors freeriding on the company s once-proprietary information.. Legal claims, damages, injunctions,.. which can be expensive, time-consuming, scattered over numerous jurisdictions, and very disruptive.. What practices should a company ensure its suppliers and business partners have in place so that its intellectual property will be appropriately managed? CREATe has identified eight categories of processes that suppliers and business partners should have in place to appropriately protect IP.. By addressing these aspects of IP protection, regardless of where you are in the supply chain, you can improve your practices and those of your suppliers and business partners.. CREATe has also outlined case studies and recommendations in two whitepapers the first addresses the IP challenge of.. Trade Secret Theft.. ; and the second provides an overview of the.. in the Supply Chain.. For more information or to request a demo of CREATe Leading Practices, please email us at:..

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  • Title: New Legislation: Trade Secret Theft | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: New Legislation: Trade Secret Theft.. January 8, 2013.. Intellectual Property.. Trade secret theft costs multinational corporations billions of dollars per year.. Case in point: Ford Motor Company lost approximately.. $50 million.. when an engineer disclosed trade secrets to a Chinese competitor.. The General Motors Company also had approximately $40 million in hybrid technology documents stolen by its own engineers.. The misappropriation of trade secrets is a challenging issue.. The theft of valuable intellectual property (IP) can seriously hamper a company s ability to compete.. To combat this issue, the Obama Administration has put forth several.. legislative recommendations.. to Congress.. Over the past few weeks, two were enacted into law.. The first,.. S.. 3642.. or the.. Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012.. was signed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2012.. This law clarifies the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to include the theft of trade secrets for any products or services used in interstate commerce, not just those products that are produced specifically for  ...   and is awaiting the signature of President Obama.. This law increases the penalties and criminal fines associated with stealing corporate trade secrets for a foreign government.. These developments are an important step in protecting intellectual property and creating a fair business environment that fosters innovation and creativity.. Government initiatives can only go so far companies can also play a role towards increasing levels of compliance, particularly in high-risk countries where trade secrets are most vulnerable.. At the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe), we work with companies to ensure their suppliers and business partners protect their intellectual property through.. CREATe Leading Practices for Intellectual Property Protection.. CREATe offers tools and training to help companies develop processes and frameworks to ensure they can meet their commitment to protect and appropriately manage intellectual property.. The full text of S.. 3642 may be read.. The full text of H.. 6029 may be read.. Learn more about CREATe Leading Practices for Intellectual Property Protection.. Download CREATe s Trade Secret Theft Whitepaper..

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  • Title: Life of a Counterfeit Part | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Life of a Counterfeit Part.. January 3, 2013.. How do counterfeits enter legitimate supply chains? It s a growing concern, particularly in regard to products that could potentially be compromised and cause harm.. Case in point: earlier in 2012, the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report which showed how a million.. counterfeit parts had infiltrated the Department of Defense.. supply chain.. Every company or organization is at risk to the dangers of counterfeits.. In CREATe s latest whitepaper,.. Health and Safety Risks of Counterfeits in the Supply Chain.. , we explore the  ...   to global buyers.. The infographic below illustrates how from 2006 to 2010 a Florida broker, Visiontech, sold counterfeit integrated circuits to more than 1000 buyers in the United States and overseas.. Many sectors were affected by this single broker.. In one case, counterfeit units were sold to defense contractors who intended to incorporate them into military, emergency responder, and transportation systems.. Learn more about vulnerabilities in global supply chains and the dangers of counterfeit parts:.. download.. our whitepaper.. Also visit.. and learn about our practical tools and trainings designed to improve supply chain integrity..

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  • Title: CREATe: A Year in Review | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: CREATe: A Year in Review.. December 28, 2012.. The close of a year always prompts reflection.. At CREATe, we ve had a tremendous year and have made great progress on our work towards building awareness of and tools and resources for addressing intellectual property (IP) theft and preventing corruption.. Following is a brief look at the highlights.. Increased focus on the role of voluntary industry-led initiatives to promote IP protection and anti-corruption.. in the global supply chain.. Earlier this year, CREATe joined the Department of State for a.. roundtable discussion.. which brought together industry, government, think tanks and non-profits to voice opinions and concerns about IP protection and corruption.. In May, the Group of Eight (G8) also affirmed the importance of effective private sector-led action to protect intellectual property throughout global supply chains.. In the.. Statement on the Global Economy.. published during the G8 Summit at Camp David, G8 Leaders stated:.. Given the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) to stimulating job and economic growth, we affirm the significance of high standards for IPR protection and enforcement, including through international legal instruments and mutual assistance agreements, as well as through government procurement processes, private-sector voluntary codes of best practices, and enhanced customs cooperation, while promoting the free flow of information.. Recently, Secretary of State Clinton delivered her final.. Economic Statecraft address.. in Singapore in which she called for American businesses to step up and work to make sure their suppliers at every link in the chain are meeting international standards for things like labor rights, intellectual property, and environmental impact.. Amplified voices on the importance of a fair and level playing field,.. particularly in emerging economies.. This election  ...   report from The Conference Board,.. Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Addressing Corruption in the Global Supply Chain.. This report is based on findings from a Research Working Group and also a survey of IP counsel from Global Fortune 500 companies.. Heightened interest in ways to work with suppliers on IP protection and anti-corruption.. Throughout the year, CREATe has heard from voices across industry, supplier networks, think tanks, our research partners at.. MIT.. Stanford.. , and government about the need for cost-effective and practical tools that companies throughout the global supply chain can use to improve their capacity to manage and protect IP and prevent corruption.. To help companies improve practices around IP protection and anti-corruption, CREATe has developed two services:.. CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection.. ; and.. CREATe Leading Practices for Anti-Corruption.. We are currently piloting these online services with a broad range of multinationals and their suppliers.. We are working with companies in manufacturing, consumer goods, aviation, IT and other fields; and across multiple geographies, including China, Brazil, Japan, Europe and the US.. CREATe Leading Practices is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.. If you re interested in learning about CREATe Leading Practices, please email us at.. It s been a busy and productive year for CREATe.. In 2013, we look forward to expanding CREATe Leading Practices and to continuing to elevate the debate on the important issues of IP protection and anti-corruption.. For all of the individuals and organizations we have worked with in 2012, we thank you for your support of CREATe.. We wish you all a wonderful holiday and great success in the year ahead.. 2 days 14 hours.. 2 days 20 hours..

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  • Title: WEF: CREATe Provides Insights on IP Protection | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: WEF: CREATe Provides Insights on IP Protection.. December 26, 2012.. The World Economic Forum (WEF) continues to promote ways to improve practices in global supply chains.. CREATe contributed to this dialogue and provided an op-ed for the.. WEF Forum.. which highlights the importance of working collaboratively with global supply chain partners to protect intellectual property (IP).. Below is the full transcript.. Protecting Intellectual Property in Global Supply Chains.. The theft of trade secrets represents a significant loss to individual companies and the global economy, raising barriers for businesses that compete fairly and harming efforts to create jobs and stimulate growth.. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2008, the total worldwide economic value of counterfeit and pirated materials was US$ 650 billion.. By 2015, the global value of counterfeit and pirated products is estimated to rise as high as US$ 1.. 77 trillion.. While government regulation will continue to be essential to protecting intellectual property (IP), the private sector can play a powerful role in driving responsible business practices and bridging regulatory gaps where adequate laws do not exist or enforcement is weak.. Industry-led initiatives can help embed responsible business practices in global supply chains and in markets, creating a fairer, more predictable, rules-based operating environment where investment and growth can flourish.. Global supply chains represent tremendous opportunity for strengthening governance and developing trusted networks to better protect IP.. And in fact, many companies are already engaging their supply chains and business networks to drive improvements in other areas, including labour, health and safety, environment and quality assurance, through the use of supplier codes of conduct, training and  ...   capacity within the supply chain, by embedding responsible business processes and creating a culture of compliance.. These efforts will go far towards fostering fair competition.. The G8 Camp David Declaration was a welcome step towards better IP protection.. It emphasizes the vital link between protecting IP rights and ensuring the continued strength of the global economy, and the need for governments to encourage and promote private sector-led action as an important complement to government regulation and enforcement in this area.. One area in which governments can have a big impact is government procurement, and given the prevalence of IP theft, it is essential that governments take measures to address IP risks in their own supply chains.. Businesses that bid on and receive government contracts should be encouraged to adopt and implement policies and procedures to manage the use and protection of IP, and to ensure greater traceability in their supply chains by knowing and being able to document their upstream suppliers.. Governments can foster greater cooperation, coordination and accountability among all parties to the contract and should engage with its suppliers on a regular basis to share leading practices and help them mitigate risk, improve quality and manage costs.. Government, business and NGO efforts to educate, train and provide technical assistance are critically important to encouraging a global culture of IP compliance as well.. Multistakeholder outreach either through existing or new programs should be designed to increase awareness and understanding of applicable IP laws and regulations, and build capacity within the private sector.. Leslie Benton is Vice-President for Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement at CREATe.. org The Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade..

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