Here is our audit process, in brief:
Normally it takes two days to complete the full sustainability audit, and one day to do the follow-up audit. Every audit is done on factory site in accordance with a detailed template comprised of six parts:
- Management System
- Human Rights
- Labour and Working Conditions
- Health and Safety
- Business Ethics
1 OPENING MEETING to explain the aim of the audit, why it is important, processes and how reporting is done. The meeting is attended by the factory’s management and sustainability representatives.
2 REVIEWING DOCUMENTS and records covering policies, management systems, training plans and attendee lists, time sheets, payrolls, insurances, accidents/incidents reports, list of regulations etc.
3 FACTORY TOUR where we check fire protection systems and equipment, emergency exits, personal protection equipment, hazardous chemical handling, hazardous waste handling, wastewater/air handling, the canteen, dormitory etc.
4 EMPLOYEE INTERVIEWS focusing on obtaining a more in-depth picture of working conditions at the factory.
5 CLOSING MEETING summing up the findings to give factory management a clear picture of what they are expected to improve and why, and the steps they need to take after the audit.
6 THE AUDIT REPORT includes results and findings for each of the six areas. Factory’s management is given time to review the report and respond with corrective actions plan.
7 FOLLOW-UP AUDITS on-site to review implementation and the result of the corrective measures within six months.