Social Compliance Audit Services

What is a Social Compliance Audit?

A social compliance audit is an on-site visit to a supplier’s facilities. The assessment helps you to verify whether they are in compliance with universally held norms and local laws related to social responsibility.

Group of workers inside factory

Get an inside look at a supplier

These audits play an important role in helping to ensure an ethical supply chain. They allow you to verify the working conditions in the factory and to see if they meet defined criteria in the following areas: 

  • Child Labor
  • Forced and Compulsory Labor
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Disciplinary Practices
  • Working Hours
  • Remuneration
  • Management System

Social compliance audits are generally based on the SA8000 system, which measures social performance in areas that are important to your corporate social accountability. Audits can be conducted based on other frameworks and industry-specific guidelines as well.

Guidelines from organizations such as Sedex (SMETA audits), WRAP (for apparel), ICTI (for the toy industry) can be used. Regardless of the specific guidelines, a social audit helps you ensure that your corporate social responsibility targets are met and that compliance issues are avoided. 

Why Should You Conduct a Social Compliance Audit?

If you want to ensure that the manufacturers you work with are ethical, these audits can help you verify that a supplier or potential supplier meets your requirements. We will help you to:

  • Avoid partnering with unethical suppliers
  • Ensure compliance with statutory requirements
  • Protect your brand’s reputation from harm
  • Get a clear look at your (potential) suppliers’ practices
  • Avoid problems related to child or forced labor

As your third-party auditing company, we will provide you with an audit report that gives you actionable information so you can make the right decisions regarding your supply chain.

Why Partner With Insight Quality Services?

Insight Quality is a US-owned quality assurance and sourcing company from the Dallas, Texas area. That means that you have an English-speaking point of contact whenever something goes wrong.

Founder, Andy Church

Our founder, Andy Church, founded Insight Quality after having worked for over a decade in China for a number of quality assurance companies in operations, sales, and management.

Our people have the real-world business acumen to understand your needs, goals, and operations. At the root of our services and value is our fantastic team.

Products, systems, and processes are vital, but people are always number one. We support our team and put them first so that they can put you first!

Where We Operate

At Insight Quality Services, we provide a range of product inspection and factory audit services for consumer goods importers.

 Coverage Area Map

While we are a US-based company, we are able to perform these services in various parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.

Our coverage area includes, but is not limited to:

  • China
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Vietnam
  • And other countries.

View our coverage area page for more details.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have questions about our services, the best way to get in touch with us is by scheduling a consultation. We can discuss your needs in detail and suggest the right solutions for you.

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Sample Audit Checklist

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