Almost thirty years ago we set out to help our clients comply with their regulatory requirements. It was a simple mission, but soon it became clear that no one complies with the government regulations simply because the government says they have to. While the goal for every business should be providing a safe workplace, liability and the desire to control it, is one of the primary motivations for risk management and ultimately culture. If you've ever had to go to an employee's home to tell their spouse that their loved one won't be coming home again, your thought process is forever changed from "compliance" to "risk management" and beyond to improving the culture. Regulatory fines are not what motivate most people to do the right thing.
As a client using the Asmark Institute system, reducing your risk, and liability is easier now than it has ever been. With almost three decades of comprehensive tools and experience developed specifically to meet the needs of farm centers, retailers have everything at their fingertips to protect their employees and customers, as well as their community and the environment - all of which helps ensure the ongoing viability of the business.
We have helped our clients identify and control their risk with the introduction of numerous nationally-recognized tools such as the Snapshots Management Dashboard, Compliance Assessment Tool, Comprehensive Risk Evaluation (CoRE) and the Environmental, Safety, Security, Health & Insurability Index (ESSHII). Since 2013, we have supported the ResponsibleAg Certification Program and recently renewed our commitment to the success of the program in the future. Our goal is to have all eligible clients registered and actively participating with ResponsibleAg within the next three years.
July 1st kicks off the next generation of continuous improvement for our clients with the official launch of MyScore - a highly integrated tool that measures performance on a daily basis and applies logic to present a score. MyScore replaces several of the tools launched earlier, and promotes participation in the ResponsibleAg program. Users are able to view their daily score, as well as their historical scores for the past three years. Scores are weighted heavily based on the requirements that are related to people and health - training, respiratory and drivers to name a few. A benchmark score is provided as a total average of all clients. MyScore is designed to promote the continuous, systematic process of proactively identifying and tracking your risk management efforts at retail agrichemical facilities.
MyScore represents a new era for the Asmark Institute in another way. Gone are the days of simply not addressing your regulatory requirements, at a minimum. Our systems of the past have identified issues that needed to be completed with the hopes the client would follow through. Most do, but historically some don't. For those that don't follow through and ensure a safe workplace, it increases the potential risk and liability involving a violation, loss or lawsuit. Going forward, MyScore will be used to identify those clients who are excelling in their work, but also those that may need attention.
While 100% is our ultimate objective, we are excited to launch MyScore as a three-year initiative to genuinely raise all our clients’ scores to be a 90 or higher. We recommend you login to Snapshots and check your MyScore. It is located in the upper right corner. Depending on your score, you may receive one of the new email notifications, a phone call from customer service with tips or a visit by one of our management team to help lay out a plan for improvement.
Warren Buffett says "risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." I wonder what he would say about the risks involved with knowing that you should be doing something - but choosing to do nothing?