Social and Ethical Compliance

Worker mistreatment, inadequate safety standards, hiring child labor, and excessive working hours are just some of the elements that can land a factory in hot water with relevant authorities.

The resulting factory scandals damage not only the factory itself but also the image of any brand buying from the factory and can lead to consumer boycotts and, in many cases, lawsuits. To counteract these practices, there are a plethora of social and ethical compliance standards in place.

Social and ethical compliance refers to how a buyer holds its factories or suppliers accountable for the environmental impact of their production facility and for fulfilling a raft of social responsibility standards. To maintain company integrity, it has become standard practice for companies to conduct social and ethical compliance audits to ensure their entire supply chain meets the required local and/or international standards.

Pro QC’s Social and Ethical Compliance Solutions

Pro QC offers a range of social and ethical compliance audits that systematically assess the supplier’s treatment of their employees, their environmental standards, and their health and safety compliance.

ISO 26000:2010 Social Responsibility – Performance Assessment

The ISO 26000 Social Responsibility audit provides guidelines rather than certification. As such, this assessment should only be used to clarify social responsibility and effectively transform principles into effective global social responsibility best practice.

ISO 26000:2010	Social Responsibility – Performance Assessment

SA8000:2014 Social Accountability Audit

SA8000:2014 Social Accountability Standard (Social Accountability 8000:2014 Standard) is a set of internationally accepted corporate social responsibility (CSR) management tools and verification standards. The SA8000 audit and certification is suitable for any industry.

SA8000:2014 Social Accountability Audit

Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Audit

RBA version 6.0 is previously known as EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition). They review and evaluate the code of conduct every three years. The RBA audit and certification is globally known and most applicable electronics industry.

RBA Version 6.0 Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Audit

Other Social Compliance Audits

Besides the most commonly requested social compliance audits above, Pro QC also can audit to the following standards:

  • SMETA Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit
  • BSCI Business Social Compliance Initiative
  • WRAP Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
  • Intertek WCA Workplace Condition Assessment

Pro QC’s Supplier Management Service

Most of our clients have a portfolio of five to 50+ factories that require social and ethical compliance. Pro QC can manage the compliance performance of an entire supplier portfolio as a tailored supplier management service utilizing any or all the services below:

  1. Performing an initial social audit assessment
  2. Establishing a corrective action plan
  3. Verifying corrective action implementation through detailed follow-up activities
  4. Scheduling subsequent annual visits based on supplier risk level
  5. Providing a supplier portfolio dashboard and performance analysis

Our supplier management team can create a customized checklist that meets the most specific requirements. The supplier management service is particularly suitable for small QA teams with a large supplier base across the globe. Our project team will help reduce overhead and time spent dealing with suppliers and manage all necessary actions for each supplier. Get in touch with us and tell us how we can assist your team.

Other Factory Compliance Solutions

Factories have a range of local and global best practices and compliance standards to consider when aiming to be a reliable manufacturing partner. If a particular standard is not listed here, visit our Factory and Supplier Audits page to explore our wide range of supplier management services. Our team has the relevant experience to provide a bespoke approach or solution to meet any validation or certification requirement.

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