How can context fool an audit report?

Automated Knitting unit

We always try to incorporate the big picture in our audits and outline such in our newsletters. The reason is clear enough. Putting all pieces of information into context ensures the accuracy in the interpretation of results. Let’s take an example with a typical factory that subcontracts a significant portion …

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Fainted workers, ISO26000 our comments.

A worker with Chemicals

Our monthly newsletters usually provide analyzes of typical social impact phenomena first before taking a step back to propose a more holistic perspective, making such newsletters more useful in contributing to the factory management of social level in developing countries. But, as we also follow the news, we felt it …

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An audit is not a game.

Individual dishes in front of a canteen

Our summer posting disclosed pictures along with comments revealing why our auditors had taken them, highlighting the importance of taking a wide-angle lens approach in not overlooking any detail in an audit. WethicA’s auditors also encountered poor auditing practices previously implemented by other companies and auditing agencies. To address this …

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About the roots of working conditions.

Workers in Bangladesh

Economic success of China and Korea previously inspired many governments in developing countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh… The understanding of the implemented policy and of their roots help us to better understand the only partial success of social accountability approaches in those countries. Working conditions are definitely still harsh in …

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Sustainability in Time of Crisis

An empty workshop

The economic crisis of late last year shocked the world leaving no industry or country unscathed in its ripple effect. As a key actor on the responsible actions*, we obviously fretted about the consequences and waited for the worst to be over to state an opinion. Accurately, it was too …

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Techno-goods and working conditions.

Working on electronic goods

One NGO, cited in the media, recently released the results of a study on the working conditions in a keyboard factory producing for all the major computers brands (see article: http://www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=613#bw). The issues are not surprising: over 80 working hours a week, wages below the legal minimum, workers exploited under …

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The audit impact.

Computer assisted cutting

The real impact on labour conditions from conducting social audits in factories is key to the nature of our work. Even if the audit is to only gather information and not to act on improving factory practices, the audit request from a buyer itself should not be ignored. It still has an …

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