Recently, during a discussion on a social media about this newsletter, one pointed out I was often repeating myself as some topics were back every 18 months or 2 years one way or the other. He was right. I often write on the pertinence of audit questionnaires very (too) detailed and their consequences ; on the roots of the global practice of lie and falsification during social audits and the impact it has of the global assessment of the factories ; on the differences between compliance approaches and risk management approaches…
Is it because I lack some basic imagination and can’t find any other topics I could talk about? Or was the comment more to say these topics were often talked about and don’t worth a newsletter anymore? If these topics are “solved”, that means the given answers are adequate. But, I believe as long as fake records shown by factory will be considered as normal, as long as questionnaires could be a long list of Yes/No answers, as long as some won’t even consider other approach than compliance because it is the easiest to sell, it will still be important to once again write on these topics and try to improve them.
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is still an immature topic even important evolutions have been achieved in the past 10 years. But, as all immature topics, it still has to evolve step by step, it still has to question itself and to allow some different tries. It is what we try to do in WethicA. That’s why it is so important to have feed backs for our customers and from the factories, but also to regularly try to rephrase the problems and the solutions to lead us to more evolutions.
Thus, you can guess I’ll continue to come up with new posts on these key topics once in a while, and mixing it with more hot topics or to describe some problems specific to some countries. It is clearly the goal of this newsletter.