QIMA offers ethical audit programs based on international standards, our own Best-In-Class Protocol and client-specific requirements.
Ethical audit standards
For a modern business, an ethical supply chain is no longer an optional "feel-good" PR tool. Today, consumers, governments and NGOs are putting increasing pressure on brands and retailers to ensure transparency throughout their supply chains. Social accountability is an important element of a company's sourcing and marketing strategy, which helps ensure better product quality, foster consumer loyalty, and emphasize good corporate citizenship.
QIMA offers comprehensive ethical audit programs that can be conducted according to international standards, your company's in-house specifications or our own Best-In-Class Protocol.
All QIMA ethical audit programs cover the following aspects:
Hygiene, health and safety
Child and young labor
Labor practices, including forced labor, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination.
Working hours and wages
Client-Specific Ethical Audit Protocols
If your company already has a social accountability program in place, QIMA can tailor its existing ethical audit programs to suit your needs and ensure the compliance of your suppliers to your specific requirements.
Ethical audits to international standards
Our professionally certified auditors can conduct ethical audits according to all major internationally recognized social audits standards, including:
Using the best practices of existing standards and building on our own experience from performing over 10,000 audits every year, we have developed our own Best-In-Class ethical audit protocol.
When QIMA auditors visit a factory, they use GPS coordinates to confirm that your products are only being manufactured at the approved facility, and no unauthorized subcontracting is taking place.
Our on-site process consists of:
Worker interviews (group and individual)
Closing meeting with Corrective Action Plan (CAP) review
Furthermore, our Supplier Workshops (held before and during the audit) help educate your suppliers about the audit program, get them more involved and help them achieve compliance.
Our worker interviews are structured and held in a way that ensures transparency and honesty. During the interview, our auditors use voice stress analysis and cross-check information to detect any deception or inconsistencies. Factory staff are also given an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback.
QIMA Ethical Auditors
QIMA has adopted an approach based on the key competences of auditors – attitude, skills and knowledge – in line with the reference tools developed by the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP).
All QIMA auditors are professionally certified and undergo regular training to stay up to date with the latest standards and regulatory requirements. The average QIMA ethical auditor has performed 580 audits.
Why Perform an Ethical Audit?
Ensure decent working conditions and human rights throughout your supply chain
Comply with statutory requirements (e.g. Modern Slavery Act 2015)
Prevent unauthorized subcontracting
Receive an accurate picture of ethical compliance in your supply chain
Foster cooperative relations with your suppliers
Improve brand image and increase consumer loyalty
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With over 2,500 trained and qualified inspectors and auditors, we guarantee to be at any factory within 48 hours.
We follow the strictest hiring standards, employing only university graduates, with a minimum requirement of five years experience in quality control and auditing. Each inspector and auditor is native to the area in which they work, with an unparalleled expertise in local business practices.