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Mapping & Monitoring

Multi-tier mapping is a discovery practice to provide purchasers greater visibility into a supply value chain.  Intended value includes geographical awareness, monitoring, and collaborative response to disruptive events.  Scope includes the series of sites deemed important to critical and essential products and services.

Completion is simple and at no cost.  For convenience, suppliers may complete via our partner technology, Supply Risk Solutions (SRS), for secure storage and sharing.


  • Increase geographic transparency for critical products and services
  • Adopt a balanced approach to scope of information shared
  • Enable proactive communication and coordination


  • Simplify transparency via a standard model
  • Streamline one-to-many communication
  • Reduce event impact and improve recovery

Get Started

1. Review

Review the standard.  You are in full control of how you scope the information to share, and both when and how you share it.  Goal is to increase geographic transparency for critical products and services; activate proactive monitors; and promote collaborative response to events.

2. Complete

3. Benefits


  • Gain recognition for your commitment to transparency
  • Adopt a balanced approach to scope of information shared
  • Focus on critical products and services
  • Increase proactive communication
  • Promote collaborative response
  • Stay in control of your information
  • Simplify transparency via a standard model


Sites include owned, contracted and outsourced production of components, sub assemblies, processing / sterilization, and raw materials.

Sub-tier supplier means a third party who provides parts, materials, processing (sterilization or other operations steps) and/or components into the value stream.

The HIRC mapping standard requires visibility into Layer 1 (final assembly to distribution) and Layer 2 (all key direct contributors to final assembly).  Minimum is city/state and product family.  Preferred is address and UNSPSC.  Scope is all essential / critical products and services.

Critical (life saving / life sustaining) and essential (medically necessary) is defined by the supplier — as a practical manner to reasonably identify and provide the desired transparency.

Limitations: Geography is only one part of resiliency.  A multi-factor assessment of internal proficiencies is required to estimate the resiliency of a supply value chain.

To qualify for the HIRC Transparency Badge, the mapping standard (L1 + L2) must be met.

Why should I complete the mapping activity?

Increase visibility, proactivity, and coordination.

In addition, their are several great reasons to complete the mapping activity:

  • Delight your customer
  • No cost
  • Secure platform
  • Confidential results (unless you choose to share)
  • Standardized
  • Simplify how you demonstrate your commitment to resiliency with customers
How do I complete the mapping activity?

We recommend the online option made available at no cost through Supply Risk Solutions (SRS).  If you choose the SRS option, you’ll be able to store your response securely, control which customers can view, and receive annual reminders to update your submission as needed to ensure accuracy (summary).

  1. Contact SRS to obtain login
  2. Go to SRS supplier portal
  3. Complete the self-assessment