What do we do of hard facts?

Handcraft workers

Audits results are not always positive, and that sometimes lead to difficult relations between customers and suppliers. One obvious strategy for the factory is to deny the non-compliance. Often the factories request for physical evidence of non-compliance. It is especially sensitive points as some topics can’t be easily identified with …

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Origin or consequence?

A worker polishing glass

Among the hundreds of audits we perform each year, the ones of China (and some other production countries) show a quasi-constant situation. The factory prepares the audit to hide information one way or the other. It could be fake records or the coaching of workers to lie to the auditors. …

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How deep is the supply-chain?

There is a frequent question among the supply-chain manager I am meeting. Should we audit the tier two factories, or even more? Or should we say, should we audit the suppliers of my suppliers? First we must consider the partial separation between the accountability tier and the production one. Indeed, …

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Some projections for 2016.

2016 is still quite new and the Chinese year of the Monkey is still to come. We are then at a time of greeting and analysis, but also a time of projections. It is obviously a difficult exercise and many too detailed previsions will be proven wrong. Still, let’s try …

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Are written evidences a necessity?

A gnome factory

Preparing a speech, I had to think to the impact of culture for international procurement and especially responsible sourcing. Even if my purpose was to explain the situation commonly found in China, I thought better and took the auditor job globally. Culture of a country, of an area, influences all …

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Recurrent topics.

Shiny paper machine

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 …

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Labor laws, ethic and migration.

Sewing line in Turkey, 2015

The disaster currently happening in Mediterranean sea with hundreds of migrants dying should lead us to a more global approach on migration. Last month, we talked of hiring agency in south east asia especially and their consequences. This month, Syrian refugee in Turkey are the start of our reflexion. Since …

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