July 04, 2012
Accenture Selected by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to Support Food Supply Chain Project
Project will develop guidelines for food suppliers to help improve preparedness for natural disasters and emergencies
TOKYO, Japan; July 5, 2012 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has announced a management consulting contract with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for a project to improve food supply capabilities in natural disasters and emergencies.
The Ministry’s “Project for Measures to Improve Food Supply Capabilities in an Emergency” is to address the national priority of building an enhanced food supply chain network. Key objectives of the project are to encourage every food supplier, from producers to retailers, to develop business continuity plans and to strengthen collaboration networks for disaster and emergency response among food suppliers.
Accenture will analyze the cases where the food supply chain became dysfunctional in an emergency, such as during the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the cases where it functioned well due to cooperation among business partners. Following the analysis, Accenture will propose guidelines for collaborative agreements among food suppliers aimed at maintaining business operations during disasters and emergencies. Accenture will also hold meetings and workshops for food suppliers nationwide to disseminate the new guidelines and to support the development of advanced business continuity plans.
“It is a great honor for Accenture to partner with the Ministry to establish a more stable food supply chain system for the good of nation,” said Joichi Ebihara, Accenture’s lead executive on the project. “The initiative will not just improve the resilience of Japan’s food supply chain, but help to strengthen the agility and competitiveness of suppliers, producers and retailers.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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