BSI and SCAN are utilizing the OriginTrail protocol to ensure the integrity of security audits for some of the largest US importers
The Supplier Compliance Audit Network (SCAN) is an association of North American retailers exercising $1.5 trillion annual purchasing power.
SCAN has 55 members including many of the largest retailers in the world which collectively account for 40% of all North American imports.
SCAN exists to coordinate a standardized approach and audit criteria for importer compliance with US Dept of Homeland Security CTPAT rules.

CTPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) objectives:

  • Verify the authenticity of US imports
  • Prevent the introduction of undeclared cargo
  • Strengthen international supply chains
  • Improve US border security
To accomplish this, SCAN conducts audits on factories outside the United States to ensure they meet minimum security requirements. This includes 20,000 factories in 74 countries. Annually SCAN conducts 14,000 factory audits in partnership with 850 authorized auditing firms.
In 2020, SCAN worked closely with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop a solution to improve the verification of factory audits and the accessibility of audit information for SCAN members. This was done in response to an open call by US DHS. BSI is partnered with OriginTrail to integrate knowledge graph structured record-keeping and real time verification of credentials via blockchain into the SCAN factory audit verification process. All of the audits are secured utilizing the OriginTrail Decentralized Network and comply with SCAN’s rigorous data privacy requirements. With flexible data permissions, the solution enables SCAN to share data with government agencies.

How does it work?

  1. 1.
    Auditors score factories according to standardized security criteria
  2. 2.
    Audit results stored in Origin Trail knowledge graph
  3. 3.
    Converted to QR codes for customs agents to easily access
This is a permissioned solution, only parties approved by SCAN can access this information, particularly US Dept of Homeland Security + US Customs.

What problems does the Origin Trail SCAN factory audit implementation solve?

  • Forged factory audit certifications
  • Inaccessible factory audit histories
  • Inability to quickly verify auditor credentials

Origin Trail’s solution provides SCAN members with:

  • Real time verification and display of up-to-date factory audit reports
  • Access to audit report history, previous corrective actions, and risk assessment metrics in a modern user interface
  • The ability to export audit data in a standardized format
SCAN Origin Trail Implementation Phase 2 & 3:
  • Expand scope to include verification of auditor training certifications
  • Integrate with authorized customs agencies around the world
Dan Purtell, British Standards Institution Head of Innovation and 30 year supply chain security professional & DHS advisor said:
“We’re very pleased with the way it turned out. It’s been a very good strategic partnership with Origin Trail”
“It creates value. It creates instant credentialing and trust mechanisms for clients; but, I think, more importantly nobody else is doing this and it’s really going to cause massive growth within this association which is one of their overall objectives.”
“We’ve got some very exciting things that we’re working on, with Origin Trail, in these respective areas that really I think are very promising, they’re desperately needed and they’re going to further bring trust to the supply chain.” source