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AIM Progress

To enable and promote responsible sourcing practices within the supply chain.

Business Challenge

Major brands gathered into a global forum called AIM Progress*, which seeks to promote responsible sourcing in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the supplier’s assessments and to reduce the duplication of the evaluation.
Suppliers are therefore encouraged to share their assessment reports directly with these companies upon request or upload them via a data platform such as SEDEX or others, which provides a secure online data exchange between suppliers and customers.

*Association des Industries de Marque – European Brands Association / PROGramme for RESponsible Sourcing


Bureau Veritas offers
Auditor selection - Strengthen selection criteria are employed to ensure that the service will be carried out by qualified and competent auditors.
Risk assessment - In order to qualify the supplier and help him in its development, our auditors highlight good examples, as well as non-conformities and observations throughout the assessment and deliver a comprehensive report.
Simplicity - Bureau Veritas provides his partners with necessary support to comply with all requirements during the whole process : from obtaining SEDEX registration number through completing the self assessment questionnaire (SAQ) until uploading the audit report into the SEDEX database.
Knowledgeable and Experience - We have worked and continue to support retailers, brands and their supply chains.
Improved Factory Performance - Continuous improvement driving suppliers quality management system and quality of manufactured products.
Technology Applications - Effectively support compliance program execution and management.

AIM Progress Audit Components

Opening Meeting

Explain the purpose, standard and requirements of the audit.

Confirm availability of required documents.

Visual Inspection

Evaluate the working and residential conditions of the workers.

Select additional employees for private interview if need be.

Documentation Review

Review payroll (hours worked & other) & personnel records.

Environmental, Business Integrity and Health & Safety related documents.

Interviews 1

Private or group worker interview concerning compliance issues.

Interviews 2

Management interview concerning issues found during document review process.

Prepare Reports

Auditors consolidate their findings and prepare the Corrective Action Plan and Audit Summary Report as provided by the Sedex Best Practice Guidance.

Closing Meeting

Clarify any outstanding issues or questions with the factory management.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Recognition - Bureau Veritas worldwide certification and inspection body has been selected as one of the third party assessor.
Expertise - Using experienced auditors from the field of SMETA, Labour Standards (SA 8000), Health & Safety (QHSE, OHSAS 18001), Business Integrity and Environmental (ISO 14001), Bureau Veritas can help every player of the supply chain to meet the requirements of the AIM Progress compliance.
Network - We operate in more than 100 countries. This international network ensures both worldwide presence and knowledge of local language, culture and legislation, senior professionals in human resources, safety, health and environment.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a third-party assessment?

    A third-party assessment is an audit performed by an independent contractor. It qualifies suppliers and manufacturers and helps to control the supply chain.

  • Why should I perform supplier audits?

    Having a thorough knowledge of suppliers is key to control your supply chain. AIM Progress member companies have high Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aspirations, including responsible sourcing, and need to:
    - Avoid issues such as poor labour standards in supply chains;
    - Take active measures to mitigate risks;
    - Be efficient and effective in implementing such measures.

  • Does Bureau Veritas have any experience in the field of AIM Progress audits?

    More than 6,000 suppliers audits have already been conducted all over the world.

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