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Audits and Assessments

Resources Developed by ISM

Sustainability and Social Responsibility for Supply Management: Assessment Elements and Criteria Integrating sustainability and social responsibility concepts and decision points throughout supply management, the business, and the supply chain is critical to success. The purpose of this self-evaluation guide is to provide a series of questions to help clarify your organization’s current status, both in a general sense, and then across individual principles.

The Social Responsibility Maturity Matrix provides a tool in Excel format for assessing the current state of an organization’s social responsibility efforts, describing the ideal end state, or "Point of Arrival" and measuring progress toward that point of arrival.

Resources Developed by Other Organizations

The following links provide additional information on social responsibility audits:

  • The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting workplace compliance through the sharing of factory audit information. The goal of the FFC is to provide cost-effective, web-based information to facilitate the ability of buyers to make informed sourcing decisions. FFC is the first not-for-profit group of its kind, developed through a collaborative effort by retailers, consumer brands, and trade associations and made possible through the donation of software developed and deployed in over 30 countries by Reebok International. The FFC is a secure, global database for maintaining factory compliance audit information that allows retailers and consumer brands to manage information about factory conditions. Under this system, information a company wishes to share with another company can be shared; a company's confidential information is protected.

  • The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has created interactive tools and provided strategies to help business foster global environmental, healthy and safety excellence and economic success. The Web site provides a forum for corporate environmental leaders throughout the world to work together, learn from each other through the activities of work groups, benchmark with peers and create tools that can be used by GEMI members and others.

  • Social Accountability International (SAI) works to improve workplaces and combat sweatshops through the expansion and further development of the international workplace standard, SA8000, and the associated SA8000 verification system. SAI is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, implementation and oversight of voluntary verifiable social accountability standards.