The Consumer Brands Association released the following statement Feb. 24 from Geoff Freeman, president and CEO, on President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on securing America’s critical supply chains:
“The COVID-19 pandemic and recent winter storms have exposed severe vulnerabilities and a need for coordinated leadership on U.S. supply chains. As Consumer Brands identified in a recent memo to the Biden administration, supply chain vulnerabilities threaten the consumer packaged goods industry’s ability to keep shelves stocked with essential products that Americans depend on to stay home and stay safe.
“In signing this executive order, President Biden is assuring our industry that his administration takes seriously the foreign and domestic threats to supply chains and is committed to working with the private sector on this issue. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CPG essential workers have stepped up to ensure the availability, affordability and accessibility of essential products, and now we ask government to do the same. We are encouraged to see that the administration heard our concerns regarding the need to protect these critical product supply chains and has included consumer packaged goods in the year-long review phase.
“The need to address supply chain challenges has never been greater. Increasingly complex and interconnected supply chains need to be met with policy and leadership that recognizes that complexity and accounts for it through interagency collaboration and greater strategic direction. Yesterday, the Consumer Brands Association released its review of current supply chain policies, with more than a dozen recommendations to improve resiliency and national competitiveness, including the creation of a federal office of supply chain that would have greater visibility across agencies.
“Today’s executive order confirms that the White House’s attention is on the issue. We look forward to working with the president on efforts to strengthen America’s supply chains and ensure their ability to deliver for consumers under any circumstance.”