Social Audit

As companies expand their manufacturing and sourcing capabilities around the world, supply chain workplace conditions are increasingly scrutinized, particularly in developing countries. The conditions under which products are manufactured have become a dimension of quality and an important part of the business value proposition. The lack of a process for managing risks related to supply chain social compliance can have a direct impact on a company’s financial results, especially for those organizations in consumer markets where image and brand names are critical assets.

Bureau Veritas has the expertise and resources to support companies throughout the process of developing an effective social compliance program, performing independent audits of compliance-related processes and controls, and reporting on results.

We are strategically positioned to provide independent social compliance audit services utilizing local auditors who are familiar with complex issues related to social compliance, including local social conditions, cultures and languages of workers, standard industry practices, and the applicable laws and regulations.

We evaluate supplier compliance with a variety of social compliance standards, including various corporate codes of conduct, a Bureau Veritas-developed code of conduct containing standard industry compliance elements, and a range of industry standards established by organizations such as the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI), Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).

Many multinational companies have adopted our standard social compliance service offering which includes evaluation and reporting of the following compliance elements in a proprietary scorecard format: Laws and Regulations; Child Labor; Forced Labor; Harassment; Wages and Benefits; Hours of Work; Health and Safety; Non-discrimination; Women’s Rights; Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining; Environment; Subcontracting; Communication; and Monitoring and Compliance.

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