Tag: social audits

What is Responsible Sourcing & How Do You Manage It Effectively?

Our latest video discusses a topic increasing in relevancy. Responsible Sourcing is also a topic we’ll be discussing next week at ASQ’s annual World Conference on Quality & Improvement.  Visit us in Booth 607, or attend one or both of our sessions on Monday, May 1st. 3pm – 4pm M26: Managing Supplier Social Responsibility: On-Site Audits 5:30pm – 6:45pm AF04: Incorporating SR Into Daily Life

Supply Chain Management – Webinar Review

Our Tampa office worked with the local ASQ section and Hillsborough Community College’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education and coordinated and instructed a series of webinars that will run through this month.  The webinar scheduled for today discusses Supply Chain Management, which many in our industry recognize is a broad topic. As a brief introduction, the following components are discussed: Supplier Selection Conduct a needs analysis (brainstorm and consider long-term growth expectations). Conduct preliminary interviews and/or surveys. Evaluate samples. Perform on-site audits (general quality systems management, ISO based, social responsibility, security, etc.). Use a grid analysis for objective decision …

Social Accountability – SA8000 2008-2014 Comparison

Every five years SAI revises the SA8000 standard in order to ensure its continued relevance and adoptability. This process is conducted in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (the Code). Social Accountability International recently discussed this process and offered a side-by-side comparison (2008-2014) for general review. Aside from general and minor verbiage changes, other observations include: The term “company” and “employer” has been replaced by “organization” in many areas. The Guidance Document is now available for download rather than previously requiring a  “small fee.” An “Introduction” referencing “Management System” and “Intent/Scope” replaces “Purpose and Scope” …

Celebrating worker contributions & realizing the benefits of social audits

The first Monday in September is observed as Labor Day in the United States, which is a national holiday celebrating the contributions of workers.  Similar holidays are observed throughout the world. Today, Samsung announced issues at several factories in China, indicating age disparities and other health and safety concerns.  They are committing to an evaluation of 144 suppliers before the end of the year, using documentation as a way to verify conformance to local regulations.  Apple and many other multinationals are facing similar issues and are working with NGOs, industry organizations and other 3rd parties such as Pro QC to improve supplier conditions …