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STR Introduces FaST Audit Tool For C-TPAT Audits

LOS ANGELES — May 9, 2011 — Specialized Technology Resources (STR) Responsible Sourcing, a leading global provider of corporate responsibility auditing and consulting services, today announced the introduction of its FaST audit tool for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) security audits. This new, streamlined product is designed to provide meaningful data that retailers and importers can use to improve supply chain security.

Security audits are recommended for companies that wish to become C-TPAT certified. Since C-TPAT's inception in 2002, STR Responsible Sourcing has completed over 12,000 security audits and worked with thousands of large and small companies in meeting C-TPAT standards. STR Responsible Sourcing is an approved Third-Party C-TPAT Validator and has a 100 percent approval record in assisting companies in obtaining their C-TPAT certification.

The FaST audit tool provides companies with easy-to-read gradings, graphic representations of historical data and comparisons to countrywide and worldwide benchmarks, and an extensive narrative to provide more specific data and feedback. The results are stored electronically so clients can easily track global C-TPAT compliance reports on their factories. FaST provides all of this information in a compliance format that aligns with the most recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection C-TPAT recommendations. 

"As a leading worldwide provider of C-TPAT security audits, we wanted to create a new tool that would give clients a better and faster way to access important data from their security audits," said Nicholas Allen, Manager — Supply Chain Security and Brand Protection, STR Responsible Sourcing. "FaST was designed to give companies a quick, easy to understand, graphic interpretation of critical data they need to know at a glance. In addition, we continue to include our unique in-depth narratives, which provide clients with a more nuanced view of what the auditors saw at the factory. No one else in our industry provides both the easy overview and the deep analysis that we offer."

STR Responsible Sourcing offers a full range of C-TPAT supply chain security services that include helping clients apply for C-TPAT certification, conducting security vulnerability assessments at factories, assessing and validating suppliers, providing security training and education, and developing factory/warehouse security programs.

Posted on May 24, 2011

Source: STR Responsible Sourcing