Manufacturing Earth Day: Ensuring Supplier Environmental Responsibility & Sustainability


Earth Day is approaching on April 22nd, with events scheduled worldwide to show support of environmental protection and sustainability.

It’s been several years since the international community drew its attention to factory conditions in growing markets around the world. Pro QC was among the first third-party quality assurance providers to perform social audits on-site at supplier locations worldwide.

SA8000 was one of the first standards addressing worker conditions in factories, with ISO 26000 later adopted as a broader guidance document in 2010. In addition to NGO developed resources, many organizations now have their own set of requirements as they relate to environmental compliance and social responsibility.

Over the fast few decades, Pro QC has seen an increase in requests for social audits. Benefits of ensuring supplier social responsibility include:

  • Human Resources – Recruitment & Retention
  • Increased Product Quality & Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Brand Management
  • Government Intervention

Pro QC’s Regional Director in North America recently published a related article in ASQ’s Journal for Quality and Participation. In the article, Jennifer states that “underage workers, blocked emergency exits, poor ventilation, and unsanitary living conditions are not always the first considerations when evaluating new or existing suppliers. Amid a global marketplace demanding competitive pricing and tight production schedules, social responsibility (SR) has earned a place at the strategic table and continues to gain momentum as well as the support of key stakeholders.”

Contact Pro QC for example social audit reports, or to further discuss developing a program of social compliance to meet requirements.

Pro QC International provides quality control and engineering solutions in over 38 countries. Whether we’re testing products, auditing suppliers, inspecting shipments or managing corrective actions, our skilled team of QA professionals represents the quality interests of our clients at factories worldwide.

Jennifer Stepniowski
Regional Director, North America
14502 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618