CODE OF CONDUCT (COC)
SCP assessments provide clients with tools to determine vendor’s conformance with local Laws, different standards and the Code of Conduct Company subscribes, following are the few points which are consider during these audits:
• Harassment or Abuse
• Child Labor
• Freedom of Association
• Wages and Benefits Hours of Work
• Health & Safety
• Security (C-TPAT)
• Customs / Transshipment
The Lead Auditor gathers information that will assist the team to perform an effective and focused assessment, using information available from:
• libraries and databases
• Applicable government and legal information
• Direct consultation with NGOs and other interested parties regarding the facility being assessed and/or local conditions for the industry.
On-site Assessment Process
• Opening conference with management
• Interview with union and other worker representatives
• Visual inspection of the facility, photographs as evidence.
• Confidential interviews with workers
• Review relevant records
• Cross-check and review information gathered
• Additional investigation as necessary to reach conclusions
• Closing meeting with management
SCP has established assessment tools and audit equipment’s, procedure to carry out these audits.
A Code of Conduct (CoC) is a set of regulations governing corporate and business practices according to acceptable standards. By implementing a CoC, a company or organisation is committed to operate its business with the highest standards of business ethics, which exceed the local law requirement. Each brand and importer can develop their own CoC standard to which vendors are expected to comply. These standards are usually customised to meet international retailers’ requirements in Europe and the United States based on International Labor Organization (ILO) requirements.
A typical COC covers elements such as child labour, forced labour, discrimination, disciplinary practices, harassment and abuse, freedom of association, working hours and overtime, remuneration and benefits, health and safety, and the environment. Companies are required to perform regular audits on vendors to ensure compliance with the requirements of the CoC throughout the supply chain. The audit process should be conducted by competent persons who are able to speak the local language, understand local cultural issues and are up to date on local legislation.