Recognising the need for a multi-functional, digital solution to these complicated business requirements, The Indigo Group has developed a supply chain and project assurance solution that enables users to manage and control their supply chain, reducing risk from below.
Our GDPR compliant, cloud-based solution, means all members of a supply chain can connect and collaborate, sharing valuable information, ensuring they are demonstrating due-care across all chains and projects.
Our automated checks, bespoke PQQ question sets and real-time alerts mean that you can be safe in the knowledge that you have visibility of what’s going on at every level of the supply chain.
A construction supply chain has so many moving parts. They are often as wide as they are deep and are typically complex and challenging to manage.
Changes in legislation mean that more than ever before, construction businesses are faced with stricter compliance and due-diligence requirements.
With responsibilities moving back up the chain, businesses are required to evidence compliance within their supply chains, and this includes having visibility of precisely who sits in those chains.
There is a whole raft of considerations that you should be aware of, relating to legislation like the Criminal Finance Act, Modern Slavery, Right to Work, IR35 and Tax Evasion.
You may have been working with the same subcontractors for years, they may be friends, they’re good workers, and you trust them.
But how well do you know them and how they manage their compliance? As they are part of your supply chain, it is your responsibility to know these things, and while you might have seen their insurance documents and maybe their ID a few years ago, when was the last time you checked them? How do you know that anything hasn’t changed? Are there pending CCJ’s or a change to their credit rating that could impact you?
More importantly, did you know that the liability for these things can be passed to directors of a business, and as a director, your responsibility can extend to everyone in that chain. You must demonstrate due care in your chain and ensure you have exercised reasonable considerations and measures when engaging with those who sit within it.
Key to evidencing compliance is maintaining visibility, and businesses may find that by using a range of disparate systems, spreadsheets and other unconnected processes to manage this leads to multiple islands of disparate data. This disconnected approach means it is difficult for businesses to get a complete picture.
Without constant visibility of these complex relationships and their current compliance standards, it becomes increasingly challenging to manage exposed risk, especially during projects that span many months or years, where checks may need to be repeated multiple times during the project.
The consequences for getting this wrong can be catastrophic, both in terms of disruption to the project, financial impact, reputational damage and in some cases, even criminal convictions.
For construction business leaders, it’s vitally important to improve the management of this compliance information and its communication through a supply chain, resulting in better alignment and risk mitigation.
There is a real sense of urgency in the sector to provide a robust and user-friendly solution to help businesses evidence this due care.