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By : Admin 2020-11-07

Social Compliance Audit


What is Social Compliance/Sedex audit?

Social compliance is a continuing process in which organizations endeavor to protect the health, safety, and rights of their employees, the community and environment in which they operate, and the lives and communities of workers in their supply and distribution chains. Social compliance and social responsibility may address concerns about labor rights for workers, fair labor laws, harvesting and the use of conflict minerals, and general environmental and sustainability questions.
Social compliance may also be referred to as sustainability, which includes ethics (or the treatment of people and animals), the environment, and the economy. Social compliance auditing provides a way to document a company’s adherence to social compliance guidelines.
Social compliance auditing is practiced mainly by retailers and manufacturers, also called purchasers or brands. Auditing allows brands to maintain oversight of the social practices of their supply chain, including maintaining company-established codes of conduct regarding purchasing and following local labor, health, and safety laws.

What a is Social Compliance/Sedex audit?

A social compliance audit, also called a social audit or an ethical audit, is a way to gain clarity into a business to verify that it is complying with socially responsible principles. Audits are usually conducted by an independent auditor. Auditors usually conduct these audits on external facilities, such as production houses, factories, and farms or packing houses.
However, some sources refer to a social audit as the internal audit or self-analysis undertaken by a company to understand how the organization itself affects the society in which it operates. When a company undertakes an internal audit, it may review its charitable giving, volunteering efforts, energy use, and green initiatives, such as recycling and composting, in addition to the more conventional considerations, such as its pay structure, benefits, and work culture.

What Is the Goal of a Social Compliance/Sedex audit?

A facility audit serves to verify and document that a facility is complying with prescribed standards of employee safety, health, freedom of movement, and correct pay along with local regulations and laws. As part of a long-term auditing program, audits verify that facilities are on a path to continuous improvement in working conditions. Audits may identify opportunities for improvement in the following areas:
• Underage labor
• Collective bargaining
• Discrimination
• Document review
• Dormitories
• Environment
• Freedom of association
• Harassment and abuse
• Health and safety
• Prison or forced labor
• Wages
• Excessive work hours