More details are expected in July, but the arrangement will enable the two organisations to deliver a fully-managed service for food processing, retail and hospitality businesses requiring second- and/or third-party auditing.
Firms would be able to access certification, second-party programme delivery, investigation, technical support, root cause analysis, and guidance and training. They could also draw on a global team of ‘on-the-ground’ food auditors and software solutions providing solutions ranging from simplifying the auditing process and identifying risk trends to improving data management, LR and FSSI said.
“This partnership delivers real benefits for food businesses,” said John Robinson, CEO at FSSI. “FSSI and LR have many years of experience in brand protection, managing operational risk and embedding robust food safety management programmes. Together, we can offer businesses a powerful combination of our expertise, tailored to meet the customer’s objectives, so we deliver tangible, measurable benefits that ensure brands are protected, risk is mitigated and businesses can identify areas for improvement.”
Stuart Kelly, head of commercial, business assurance, at Lloyd’s Register added that LR had a large team of sector specialist assessors around the world who were able to “deliver on-the-ground audits in local language, working collaboratively with the business rather than just going through a tick-box exercise”.
“Combining this resource with FSSI’s people and technology, which helps businesses have critical insight into how to better manage risk across the supply chain, globally, is a strong proposition,” he said. “We see this forming a fully managed service, allowing our clients to focus on their business."