2015 Roles and Responsibilities of Intermediaries
Intermediaries are the backbone of commerce and include suppliers of raw materials and components, transport, shipping and distribution companies, landlords and shop owners, online marketplaces, internet service providers, search engines and advertising networks, websites, credit card companies and even the popular social media sites.
Intermediaries, as the underlying infrastructure of all commerce have the inherent responsibility to restrict the abuse of their infrastructures for illicit trade. The greater the number of intermediaries and the more elaborate the supply chain, the more vulnerable the system is to infiltration and exploitation by counterfeiters. Experience shows that most intermediaries, when better informed about potential exploitation and the damage done by counterfeiting and piracy, demonstrate a willingness to secure their portion of the supply chain from abuse.
The BASCAP study examines several types of intermediaries, which are critical in the supply chain and are vulnerable to counterfeiting and piracy. Where current efforts have been inadequate in protecting against counterfeiting and piracy, the BASCAP study suggests measures to help responsible intermediaries more effectively deal with vulnerabilities in their operations.
The study aims to:
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WTR Anti-counterfeiting 2015 - A Global Guide - featuring Roles and Responsibilities of Intermediaries
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