The social audit is probably the most known activities about the management of suppliers’ working conditions.
However, we think in WethicA that it is not always well understood. The audit’s aim is not to decide if a factory is acceptable or not. The aim is to gather and analyze information about the factory to enable the customer of the audit to take soundly argued decisions.
Thus we consider that WethicA‘s added value is not in filling a checklist leading to an acceptation or refusal decision. But, on the contrary, our auditors are trained to track down the information, to verify and crosscheck it to ensure its relevance. Our technical officer analyses the information, debriefs with the auditor to get a accurate and qualified picture of the audited factory. Now, the factory is running within a specific context (country, business type,…) and this context must also be taken into account to refine the analysis of the audit, thus providing accurate and exploitable information to our customers.
By being pragmatic and taking all component of a factory and its environement into account, we achieve an appreciated results.
The supply chain assessments in the case of situation more complexe than a factory are actually still implementing the same approach, with a special focus on the impact on the community and of the context. We posted here about these specificities.
Jeremy Cohen, CEO and founder of Knoll Printing & Packaging,Inc.
Quoted in 2011.
“This is the most realistic and satisfying approach to Social Auditing that I have seen. After the last 3 years of continuous audits and the recent experience with the YYY’s Audit system, your approach is most refreshing and should be the model for the the industry for years to come.”