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Supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000

by Asia Quality Focus team


This picture was taken during a Corporate Social Audit. The social auditor identified that there were missing the backrest to the chairs provided to the workers on the production line.The corporate social audit, most commonly called social audit or CSA, is suitable for buyers interested in verifying if the factory of interest respects the social rights based on the SA 8000 standard. For a reliable social audit, we should get a clear view of the audit scope and supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000.

Audit scope for Corporate social audit based on SA 8000

The purpose of the CSA is to check the factory’s social accountability management system based on the standard SA 8000 and local laws requirements. The audit scope covers:

  • Underage labor
  • Forced labor and prison labor
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Fire protection
  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Disciplinary practices
  • Working hours
  • Wages and compensation
  • Welfare

Supplier requirements for a Corporate social audit based on SA 8000 – Prior to the social audit

To ensure the good proceeding of the corporate social audit, the supplier should be informed that the documents below need to be prepared in advance for the auditor:

  • Business license
  • Export license
  • Products certificates if any
  • ISO9001 & SA8000 certificates if any
  • Environmental Certificate if any
  • Fire certificate
  • Other Certificates if any
  • Organization chart
  • Employee’s records
  • Major manufacturing machines & measuring equipment list
  • Quality Manual and Procedures

All suppliers are well informed prior to the social audit date about the audit scope. They are also strongly invited to provide full cooperation during the audit: showing the original documents required, leading the social auditor to visit all concerned factory areas.

And you: which additional requirements for a corporate social audit do you have?

Read the original article here.


The Asia Quality Focus team is an international team of specialists in product inspections, factory audits, lab testing and product certifications for all kinds of consumer goods. To share experience and opinions in how to better and safer source in Asia they created the Quality Control Blog. Feel free to contact them here.

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