Factory Audits/Assessments: Referencing ISO standards/customer specified requirements the auditor will assess the factory for all phases of capability regarding the ability to produce customers products. All important criteria are checked including equipment condition, quality systems & procedures, working conditions, production capability/capacity, staffing, products made, ownership, etc. An audit report & opinion listing strengths & weaknesses will be issued to help customers select high quality vendors.
Social Accountability Audits (SA8000): Factories are assessed against a list of nine standards (child labor, forced labor, health & safety, freedom of association, discrimination, etc.) as well as customer specified requirements to ensure fair & ethical production of goods. The social audit addresses customer concerns regarding human rights in the workplace. It is a detailed assessment identifying local practices that may not conform to the global SA8000 ethical standards and/or the customers own internal standards regarding the treatment of workers.
C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism): Audit to check for the development / implementation of (enhanced) security procedures. Check that written security procedures are in place addressing various issues including: Physical Security, Access Controls, Procedural Security, Personnel Security, Education and Training Awareness, Documentation Processing, Manifest Procedures and Conveyance Security.
RoHS (Restriction of the use of Certain Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment): Check for awareness of directive, written policies, restriction and/or presence of the following substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). Check for markings, notification and disclosure as to the presence of these substances.
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is a not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting ethical, humane, and lawful conditions and practices in manufacturing facilities all around the world. The WRAP certification program mainly focuses on the apparel, footwear and sewn products sectors and is expanding into all labor-intensive sectors, such as hotels, jewelry, furniture, construction and more.
The organization is charted to develop a series of codes and practices governing manufacturing conditions worldwide and is also tasked with licensing independent auditing firms to conduct audits based on those codes and practices. It is not a membership organization, and does not certify brands or businesses, only facilities.
WRAP is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and certification of lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.
Set up in 2000, WRAP is the world’s largest labor and environmental certification program for labor-intensive consumer products manufacturing and processing. WRAP is supported by 25 international trade associations, including the International Apparel Federation, which represents 36 national associations and over 150,000 individual companies.
The WRAP principles cover basic standards that address labor practices, factory conditions, and environmental and customs compliance. They consist of 12 elements:
Compliance with laws and workplace regulations
Prohibition of forced labor
Prohibition of child labor
Prohibition of harassment or abuse
Compensation and benefits
Hours of work
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Health and safety
Prohibition of discrimination
If your final customers are based in European countries other than United Kingdom and are brand or well-known retailer, then BSCI Audit is suitable for checking a set of social compliance monitoring system initiated by European Foreign Trade Association. The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) Monitoring System is the European approach to improving social performance in supplier countries through a uniform social standards monitoring solution.
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organizations. Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to improving the working lives of people across the globe who grow or make consumer goods, from tea to t-shirts, with an audit against the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.
Ethical trade means retailers and their suppliers taking responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the goods they sell. An ethical trade audit against the Base Code of the ETI will verify your success.
the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide. GOTS Certification defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
Accreditation by the Fair Labor Association is the most advanced recognition of a company’s labor compliance program. Participating Companies whose labor compliance programs have been accredited have demonstrated substantial compliance with the Workplace Code of Conduct throughout their supply chain. They have undergone over a two- to three-year implementation period extensive performance reviews, including independent factory monitoring, verification of remediation initiatives, and a thorough evaluation of their internal protocols and auditing, as well as extensive training through the FLA.
Code of Conduct. Generally it is the policies and rules made by some leading retailers, such as WAL-MART, SEARS, K-MART, COSTCO, KOLHS, ETI, TARGET, M&S, MATTEL, BRU, and HASBRO, or the other organizations. We assist our clients to pass the factory certification of these buyers or such organizations as ITS, SGS, CSCC, BVQI, and MTL, and ensure the smooth order placing and consignment on our clients' side.