Social ethical audit programs

For some time companies are aware of the (in)direct impact and responsibility that they have on humans and the environment. Cases such as unsafe working conditions, corruption or environmental negligence in the organization and/or the often branched global supply chains, could harm the overall reputation of a company and lead to a loss of revenue.

Many organizations have introduced a code of conduct which describes legal norms and standards. However, the wide variety of auditing procedures and implementations to monitor compliance with these codes often brings along frustration, confusion, duplication and therefore additional involved costs. To limit all this, there is gradually a number of global initiatives which have a wider support. Companies can use these social and ethical requirements - or guidelines - to their own organization and/or implement them within their supply chain. Below are a number of different programs where b2bSustainable can you assist with.

SMETA - Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits

b2bSustainable conducts Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) on the basis of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Code. This widely and universal social and ethical audit program is used and recognized by a wide range of multinational corporations. Read more

BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative

BSCI provides companies like SMETA a methodology to audit social-ethical and reporting, which is conducted by a network of external accredited, experienced and independent audit companies including b2bSustainable. The system is not certifiable, but will help organizations steadily but surely improve their working conditions in the supply chain. Read more

EICC - Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct sets standards to ensure that working conditions are safe within the supply chain of the electronics industry, that workers are treated with respect and dignity and that business operations are environmentally friendly and ethically correct. Read more