A coalition of trade groups has launched a public policy council to share information between business and government leaders in an effort to create a “strategic supply chain policy approach” that addresses friction points exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
This Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain Council (CISCC) is a coordinated effort of more than 35 trade associations committed to addressing both long- and short-term supply chain challenges, including those made apparent by the pandemic, the group said today.
The group’s goal is to advance uniform, national polices that strengthen the country’s supply chains and ensure the timely flow of critical goods, CISCC founders said.
“The coronavirus has brought our country’s supply chains to life for consumers and policymakers, demonstrating what can happen when even just a small component of these complex networks is interrupted,” organizer Bryan Zumwalt, the vice president of public affairs for the Consumer Brands Association, said in a release. “The way we do business will inevitably evolve, and it’s the Council’s goal to ensure these issues are on the forefront of lawmakers’ minds, instead of an afterthought.”
The council will pursue that aim by:
The Consumer Brands Association, a trade group for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, said it has previously worked with federal and state agencies to implement “common-sense” policies throughout the crisis, including greater flexibility for truck weight limits and truck driver hours of service.
The CISCC executive committee includes:
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The pandemic has stress tested supply chains — making it abundantly clear they need federal coordination. Today we united 35+ associations in a new effort to ensure lawmakers help shore up problems so goods can flow to people that need them. https://t.co/RvEMdiagVl— Consumer Brands (@consumerbrands) May 6, 2020