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Preparing for your ethical audit
An ethical/ social compliance audit will cover the 4 pillars of responsible sourcing (labour and human rights, health and saftey, environment, and business integrity) and involves interviews with management, workers, a walk around the site and a review of documents.
The ethical audit will be based on your customer's requirements and relevant local laws. There are different types of audits available and there are various audit companies that are actively contributing towards the development of ethical audits. AIM-PROGRESS Members generally use the SMETA 6.0 audit or equivalent, to enable mutual recognition of audits and thus avoid duplication, where feasible. Of course, it is left to the discretion of each company whether to recognise an audit which is equivalent to SMETA 6.0.
Who needs to know about the audit?
Everyone at the site has an important role to play in creating a good working environment, whether this is as a manager setting the policies or a worker who makes sure that nothing blocks your emergency exits or your HR personnel who check that everyone is legally old enough to work at your site – everyone has a vital role to play and should be aware of the upcoming audit.
Below is a list that you can use to make sure that everyone has been notified, how you chose to communicate the information will depend on the best method for your workers.
Who needs to be available on the day of the audit?
To ensure that the auditor can access all the information and parts of the site required to complete the assessment, it is important that the following people are available: