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Ethical and Social Audits

The Importance of Monitoring Working Environments

Business Challenge

Companies with international business operations are increasingly held accountable not only for their own performance but also for the performance of their international supply chain, including the working conditions of factories in which a product is manufactured. If a company or brand becomes associated with below standard working environments or human rights violations, it risks negatively impacting brand value, image, and market opportunities.

Solution

What is social accountability? Social accountability is the assessment and ongoing monitoring of working conditions in manufacturing environments. Audits can be conducted to a company’s own code of conduct or to industry standards established by organisations such as SEDEX, the Fair Labour Association (FLA), the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI), Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP), or SA8000 (Social Accountability).

Most social standards address the following:
- Child labour
- Forced labour and discipline practices
- Freedom of Association
- Abuse and harassment
- Non discrimination
- Health and safety
- Wages and benefits
- Environment
- Working hours
- Subcontracting practices

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Experience & Efficiency Since 1997, we have partnered with the world’s leading retailers and their vendors to implement and monitor social accountability practices. This allows us to offer a “best practice” programme saving you time and money.

Global Resources With locations around the world, we can assess and monitor your suppliers in a variety of locations.

Integrity & Ethics Our dedicated integrity team manages a ‘best in class’ program to minimise the risks of corruption and to educate auditors, factories and clients regarding our integrity policies and expectations.

Operational Excellence With specialised auditor training and standardised global operations, we can deliver high quality and consistent service to you.

No hidden costs Our prices include desktop reviews

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there one code or social accountability standard that is recognised globally or has mutual recognition?

    Unfortunately, there isn’t one widely adopted code or standard that fits every organisation or industry sector. Since most codes and standards contain 95% of the same fundamental requirements, there are some efforts among companies to offer mutual recognition to some codes and monitoring programs.

  • How should my company begin developing a social accountability program?

    Because social accountability is such an important part of the brand management, you first should define how social accountability will support and work with your internal ‘brand’ risk management process. Ideally, this process should start at the top management level and cascade down through the entire organisation, with particular attention paid to those involved in sourcing and managing your social accountabiliy program.

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