Moving freight through the supply chain requires great attention to risk management on the road and rails and in the back office. Any disruption to the flow of goods—including one that impacts a carrier’s operations—can compromise deliveries and significantly impact a shipper’s bottom line. Treating shipper risks as their own, Schneider National has recently strengthened its disaster prevention and recovery program through participation in the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) Master Business Continuity Professional certification program.
DRII certification is recognized worldwide as the business continuity management standard of excellence. Business continuity management is a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts on an organization and provides a framework for effective responses that protect the interests of its customers and business areas.
“Managing freight across the supply chain requires complex information technology systems and networks,” said Judy Lemke, Schneider National executive vice-president and chief information officer. “Ensuring the safety and continuous operation of this infrastructure is a priority for us. When customers ship with Schneider, they can be confident that their carrier is well-prepared and has contingency plans in place should an unexpected event occur.”
The Master Business Continuity Professional certification is awarded to business continuity professionals who have more than five years’ experience in the field, with specific experience in seven professional practice subject areas. Core subject areas include business impact analysis, developing business continuity strategies, developing and implementing business continuity plans, and maintaining and exercising these plans. Schneider National business continuity coordinator Bill Marotz was certified by the DRII this autumn, bringing to a close an eight-year effort to secure certification.
Marotz, one of three professionals to hold the MBCP in Wisconsin, is also one of the few people in the transportation industry to hold the MBCP. He has been a member of the Schneider IT team since 2003. Among his many accomplishments, Marotz helped establish Schneider’s partnership with its local municipality, the Ashwaubenon (WI) Public Safety department, to ensure an efficient and effective recovery from any disaster that may strike the company’s Green Bay headquarters.