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10 frequently asked questions about amfori BSCI audit

Release time:2021-09-29 Read:

10 frequently asked questions about amfori BSCI audit

A. What is amfori? On January 1, 2018, the European Foreign Trade Association (FTA) was renamed the Global Trade Association (amfori).

B.What is amfori BSCI? The 1/2014 amfori BSCI Code of Conduct aims to establish the values and principles that amfori BSCI participants strive to implement in the supply chain. Approved by amfori's board of directors on November 28, 2013 and supersedes the 2009 amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct includes three main information chapters: a) preamble, interpretation, our values and implementation that apply to all businesses; b) principles for business partners of amforiBSCI participants, and c) amfori BSCI implementation terms, amfori BSCI References and the amfori BSCI glossary, as part of the code, provide more detailed information on the interpretation and implementation of amfori BSCI. The 1/2014 amfori BSCI Code of Conduct came into effect on January 1, 2014.amfori BSCI is the abbreviation of the Global Foreign Trade Association (European Business Companies Organization). BSCI is a leading multinational supply chain management system that supports multinational trading companies to perform social responsibility compliance in factories and farms in the BSCI global supply chain. Evaluation and improvement;The role of amfori BSCI is to unify the standards of social responsibility compliance, save the cost of repeated audits by suppliers, and effectively improve the company's supply chain performance through its platform.

C.What is the background source of amfori BSCI? In a global context, retailers, importers and brands source products from global suppliers. Many of them are in countries where workers' protection laws are inadequate or poorly enforced. To address this, many companies and associations have developed individual codes of conduct and their own implementation systems.Due to the proliferation of individual codes, different auditing procedures and different implementation methods, the work and costs of retailers, importers and brands, and producers have become confusing and unnecessary repetitive audits. It was established by the European Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in 2003 as a unified auditing standard: BSCI certification.

D.What does amfori BSCI certification do? amfori BSCI is committed to addressing the chaos and unnecessary duplication of these efforts and costs by providing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system. To enable all companies that source various products from various regions to collectively solve complex labor issues in their supply chains. The platform can share the results of monitoring the supply chain. The amfori BSCI certification audit report is recognized by all amfori BSCI participants (retailers, brand owners), so manufacturers do not need to repeat the inspection, while reducing workload and management overhead: 1. a Code of conduct 2. An implementation system 3. Various tools and activities to support companies and producers 4. Applicable to all retailers, importers and brand companies 5. Applicable to all types of products 6. For all purchasing countries.

E.Does amfori BSCI provide a review?BSCI is neither an audit company, but BSCI only provides social audit methods and reports for enterprises. BSCI does not organize audits by itself, but provides external certification bodies, experienced and independent third-party audit companies.

F.What are all notary banks / audit agencies officially authorized by amfori BSCI?

G.amfori BSCI Code of Conduct poster

H.Consequences of supplier subcontractors failing to meet amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.If the supplier fails to meet the requirements of the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct, and if the solution is not agreed and implemented within a sufficient time, members of amfori BSCI can choose to stop the current production, cancel the corresponding contract, and temporarily cancel the future Contract and / or termination of commercial relations with that supplier. If the results of the audit indicate that the supplier has not fully complied with the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct, the supplier must immediately take the specified corrective action. The supplier will agree with the auditor on the time limit for implementing corrective actions, but it must not exceed 12 months. If a supplier that was previously excluded for non-compliance later demonstrates that it can fully comply with the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct, the previous business relationship can be restored in principle.

I.How to reach the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.The requirements for the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct are relatively complex. Enterprises should implement the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct in accordance with the actual situation of the enterprise and fully understand the requirements of the laws and regulations of the country in which they are located. It is recommended to hire a consulting company to assist in establishing a social responsibility management system. In addition to passing the audit, the following purposes can also be achieved:

1. Meet customer mandatory requirements;

2. Strengthened the ability to respond to COC inspection while implementing amfori BSCI standards;

3. Respect employees' lives and improve corporate image;

4. Improve existing social responsibility management;

5. Enhance the competitiveness of enterprises;

6. Strengthen the cohesion of enterprises and achieve a win-win situation for both employers and employees;

7. Improve relations with unions and relevant stakeholders;

8. Develop cost-effective preventive measures against accidents and losses;

9. Reduced exposure to risk factors at the workplace;

10. Comply with international trends and pursue sustainable business operations;

11. Comprehensive integration of quality, environment, safety and social responsibility management systems.

J.How to choose amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.

  There are two types of amfori BSCI certification agencies, one is a counseling consultant and the other is an auditing agency. Many friends who have been in contact with this certification for the first time can't figure out the difference between the two. In fact, the former is very simple. The former is to help the factory to do on-site improvement, documentation and staff training to meet the amfori BSCI standard. Simplify the plant's operation process and improve overall efficiency through third-party guidance But tutoring agencies are not qualified to issue certificates or reports. The latter is the agency that directly issues the certificate. The factory is audited according to the amfori BSCI audit list and various standards, each section is scored, and the rating is finally summarized.Many companies choose partner institutions to value prices more. However, the professionalism and integrity of consultants are often overlooked, and the true purpose of seeking consultants is forgotten. Leaving aside professionalism and honesty, if you can't help the company achieve its goals, the lowest cost is a waste for the company.At present, many enterprise project leaders are entrusted by the boss to find cooperative consulting agencies, and the choice is based on price. They found that the promise of low prices is often very good, and they felt that they found a cheap and good company and reported it to the boss. Many executives do n’t know about the factory inspection, and see that the commitment is very good and the price is cheap. Of course, they choose such an institution, and the result is often fierce. The recommended price is high, and it is normal for the project leader to worry about it, for fear of being misunderstood. However, it is suggested that the project leader should also give the boss a shot in advance --- those risks that may exist if the price is low and the promise is good, the credibility must be questioned, otherwise the final result is not good and the responsibility lies on you .Why are there so many consultants with low prices and good promises in the market? And the promise of lower prices is better, cheaper and better. Is this really reliable?In simple terms, there are two main points. The first is professionalism, and the ignorant are fearless, because many consulting companies have never done these projects at all, they do n’t know how much effort they need to put in, and they do n’t know the possible risks. Of course dare to quote a low price and guarantee it, so the quoted price is less than half of the mainstream market price. In this kind of situation, the business that offers low prices will not ask you too much information, mainly because it is no problem to report low prices and keep patting the chest. The second is the integrity decision, knowing but just not telling you the truth, you may not find him after telling the truth. In this case, complex problems are often simplified, and the business is locked down at a low price, and then charges are sought afterwards. If the company does not work, then he will pick up a trick, show a down payment, and show up. If not, we will not go, and it is also cost-effective for him. What you value is their low price, what they value is your down payment.

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