Nowadays, the subject of Corporate Social Responsibility is attracting increasing attention in the media and in society as a whole : within the framework of risk management and corporate ethics, and in particular against the background of worldwide outsourcing, companies must ensure that their suppliers behave responsibly towards both people and the environment.
This is where TÜV NORD CERT helps by providing audit according to BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and audit procedures with globally-recognised according to SMETA 6.1. Many retailers, supermarkets, brand owners, suppliers and other organizations will ask cooperated farms, factories and manufactures to perform SMETA in order to be in line with the requirements of relevant ethical standards. Audit results can be recognized and shared by SEDEX membership. Thus, suppliers accept to conduct SEDEX inspection, which can avoid a lot of repeated audit from customers. Based on international conventions, demonstrable observance of these standards creates :
confidence on the part of consumers and investors
strengthens customer and workforce loyalty
testifies to the ethics of company, and
offers advantages when responding to invitations to tender