by Mike Bellamy
Today I want to write this short blog to correct two false assumptions made by international buyers.
I have the honor of being a board member of an Asian-based inspection agency that performs factory audits and product inspections. Early this summer the news was filled with a series of tragic events in Asia.
First there was the factory collapse in Bangladesh, then 51 people died in a poultry factory fire in China (the doors were locked!), then there was another big factory fire in S. Asia. In the same month, a 14 year old child died from overwork in a Dongguan factory.
Suddenly factory auditing, especially social auditing, is on the mind of just about every buyer and the inspection agency was flooded with business. It is a shame some buyers wait for bad things to happen before taking action to confirm their suppliers operate legitimate factories. I learned two things visiting with these buyers who just now are jumping on the Social Audit bandwagon.
Among other things, a social audit covers items like:
Regardless of which agency you choose, or even if you decide to handle CSR (corporate social responsibility) in-house, I encourage all buyers to at least have some kind of plan in place to:
If you are unsure what steps to take, feel free to contact me and I will offer some free resources via the CSIC and/or introduce an appropriate consultant.