Social Compliance Audit
When Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming the sustainable components and objective of leading brands and retailers, multi-stakeholders and consumers are demanding that the companies be socially responsible and fulfill their responsibility through manufacturing their goods under lawful and ethical workplace condition and demonstrating humane treatment of workers and that of their subcontractors and suppliers. WHAT A social compliance audit, also known as an ethical audit or Code of Conduct audit, entails visiting factories, farms or warehouses to ensure that legal, salary, health & safety, environment standards are being met in relation to the employees. During an audit the audit team will visit the site, interviewing management and workers, reviewing payroll/working hours, employee training records and procedure documentation. An audit report is then issued within usually five working days which includes a list of any issues found and any recommended corrective actions that need to be addressed. A Code of Conduct (CoC) is a set of standards which govern corporate and business practices according to ethical and legal standards. By implementing a CoC, a company demonstrates its commitment to operate its business at the highest standards of ethics, exceeding legal minimums. Each brand and importer can develop its own CoC standard to which vendors are expected to comply, or they can adopt internationally recognised methods. Standards are usually customised to meet retailers’requirements based on International Labor Organization requirements. In order to ensure transparency, social compliance audits are usually performed by independent audit company that follow a set of international standards. These standards may vary depending on the location of the facility and the type of audit required. WHY Consumers increasingly expect brands to demonstrate social responsibility right across the supply chain. By developing a Code of Conduct that all your suppliers must follow, the business achieves multiple benefits: Ensure all workers throughout the supply chain are treated fairly and ethically. Become an attractive employer and increase employee retention. Improve your brand’s reputation, while avoiding negative press. Develop a competitive edge by demonstrating your ethical credentials to consumers. Better workplace standards can lead to higher productivity and increased profits. ASCP CAN PROVIDE: ASCP performs social compliance, health & safety , environment and surveillance audits on behalf of brands and retailers etc to their suppliers and manufactures in an independent, objective and professional manner and deliver our services through impartiality, integrity, and confidentiality and due diligence. ASCP has a team of specialised social compliance auditors who visit many sites every day, as part of our programs for major brands, retailers and fast-food companies. We conduct audits based on local laws and regulations combined with the Code of Conduct of clients. Our auditing process normally includes Opening Meeting, Management Interview, Document Review, Factory site tour(Health & Safety, environment), Workers Interview (on-site or/and off-site) , Visual Inspection and Closing Meeting. Our social compliance audit covers below areas: Child Labor & Juvenile Workers; Force Labor; Working Hours; Compensation & Benefits; Discrimination; Harassment and Abuse; Freedom of Association / Collective Bargaining; Health and Safety; Environmental Compliance.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
What is GMP? Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product. GMP covers all aspects of production from the starting materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff. Detailed, written procedures are essential for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. There must be systems to provide documented proof that correct procedures are consistently followedat each step in the manufacturing process - every time a product is made. GMP is typically ensured through the effective use of a quality management system (QMS). Why need GMP? GMP guidelines require a quality approach to manufacturing, enabling companies to minimize or eliminate instances of contamination, mixups, and errors. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that a manufacturer must meet to assure that their products are consistently high in quality, from batch to batch, for their intended use. The rulesthat govern each industry may differ significantly; however, the main purpose of GMP isalways to prevent harm from occurring to the end user. Failure of firms to comply withGMP regulations can result in very serious consequences including recall, seizure, fines,and jail time. GMP guidelines address issues including record keeping, personnel qualifications, sanitation, cleanliness, equipment verification, process validation, and complaint handling. Most GMP requirements are very general and open-ended, allowing each manufacturer to decide individually how to best implement the necessary controls. This provides much flexibility, but also requires that the manufacturer interpret the requirements in a manner which makes sense for each individual business. GMP is also sometimes referred to as "cGMP". The "c" stands for "current," reminding manufacturers that they must employ technologies and systems which are up-to-date in order to comply with the regulation. Systems and equipment used to prevent contamination, mixups, and errors, which may have been first-rate 20 years ago may be less than adequate by current standards.
Global Suppliers Security Audits
Following the events of September 11, 2001, governments and customs organizations around the world have implemented supply chain security standards to secure trade, protect against terrorist acts, and to combat illegal trafficking.
C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.
As part of enforcing and adhering to the international supply chain security standards, companies must assess their supply chain to identify, mitigate and eliminate potential security risks.
SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY is the part of supply chain management (SCM) that focuses on minimizing risk for supply chain, logistics   and transportation management systems (TMS). The goal of supply chain security is to identify, assess and prioritize efforts to manage risk by layered defenses in an agile manner.
This requires a multifaceted approach to protecting the checkpoints, assets and infrastructures involved with the production of a product. Supply chain security also takes into account the protocols set by government agencies, like homeland security or customs regulations for international supply chains.
The first step in supply chain security is to identify any potential weaknesses in a system. Overall organizational risk management practices should then be adjusted to accommodate and address those weaknesses. Collaboration with a 3PL provider can also help organizations find vulnerabilities and make improvements within a supply chain.
Apply necessary security procedures that can be put into place to make supply chains more secure include:
Verifying proper credentials for all participants within a supply chain.
Screening all of the contents within a cargo that is being shipped.
Notifying recipients of shipments in advance.
Securing the cargo in transit or storage with the use ofaccess controls, alarms, locks, surveillance or tamper-proof seals.
Inspecting cargo at each stage of the supply chain or shipment process.
Completing background checks on all employees.
Meeting allcomplianceand security standards.
Conducting regularrisk assessmentsof supply chain segments,vendorsand partners.
Training employees to identify and resolve supply chain security risks.
Supply chain security should be a high priority for organizations as a breach within the system could damage or disrupt operations. Vulnerabilities within a supply chain could lead to unnecessary costs, inefficient delivery schedules and a loss of intellectual property. Additionally, delivering products that have been tampered with or unauthorized could be harmful to customers and lead to unwanted lawsuits.
Security management systems can help protect supply chains from physical and cyber threats. Physical threats encompass risks with internal and external sources, such as theft, sabotage and terrorism, while cyber threats refer to vulnerabilities in IT and software systems, like malware attacks, piracy and unauthorized ERP access. While threats cannot be completely erased, supply chain security can work towards a more secure, efficient movement of goods that can recover rapidly from disruptions.
ASCP assists importers, manufacturers and trucking companies who wish to become compliant to US Customs requirements under the   Customs_Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. C_TPAT seeks to enhance security measures across a company’s entire supply chain by compelling close cooperation among its constituent entities, from importers, brokers, and warehouse operators to carriers and foreign manufacturers and suppliers.
ASCP supply chain security program employs a cutting-edge methodology to evaluate the following components:
Procedural Security;
Documentation Processing;
Physical Security;
Access Controls;
Personnel Security;
Education and Training Awareness;
Manifest Procedures;
Conveyance Security.
SLCP Verification
Anode Sustainability Certification Promotion Services Co., Ltd. (VB ID :6‍98452
7 Step SLCP assessment process Step 1:Register on the e-learning platformto enroll in the Facility Course and Certificate. Create a profile on the Gateway. Click on“login”and then on“register”to create an account. Step 2:Create a profile on the Gateway. Click on“login”and then on“register”to create an account. Step 3:Create an account on the Accredited Host Step 4:Now that you have access to the Accredited Host (AH) of your choice: You either fill in the self/joint assessment online on the Accredited Host platform or, download theData Collection Tool (Excel file) from Accredited Host and fill in the Excel file offline andthen upload back on the AH platform. We recommend to fill in the Tool online, to avoid issues related to downloading/uploading of data. Step 5:VRP stands for Verification in Progress –this assessment status indicates that you have contacted Verifier Bodies (VB) by telephone or e-mail for quotes and selected your chosen VB on the Accredited Host platform. The VB has accepted and has started the verification. Step 6:VRF (Verification Finalized) or VRD (Verification Disputed) Step 7:The verified assessment (VRF) can be viewed, downloaded and shared with end users or other Accredited Hosts (AH) on the Gateway (see menu tab“Overview of my SLCP Assessments”). You decide with whom you want to share your SLCP verified assessment, i.e. with which AHs and which end-users. No data is shared without a facility’s approval.
SAC Higg Index
Higg FEM refers to Higg Facility Environmental Module. Anode Sustainability Certification Promotion Services Co., Ltd. (VB ID :149765 What is the Higg FEM? The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is a sustainability assessment tool that standardizes how facilities measure and evaluate their environmental performance, year over year. The Higg FEM is designed to: 1.Measure and quantify the sustainability impacts of a facility 2.Reduce redundancy in measuring and reporting sustainability performance 3.Drive business value through reducing risk and uncovering inefficiencies 4.Create a common means and language to communicate sustainability to stakeholders A facility should complete and post one Higg FEM per year. The self-assessment reporting period for the Higg FEM 2020 cycle is from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021 for the data from January 1st 2020 to December 31, 2020. All FEM 2020 self-assessment modules must be posted by the April 30, 2021 deadline. If any facilities plan to do the verification, the verification conducting period for FEM 2020 cycle is from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. All FEM 2020 verified modules must be posted by the December 31, 2021 deadline. What does FEM measure? The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is a sustainability assessment tool that standardizes how facilities measure and evaluate their environmental performance, year over year. The Higg FEM measures: Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission Water Use Wastewater Emission to Air (if applicable) Waste Management Chemical Use and Management How to Get Started:
Compulsory EU CE certification requirements: EU policy and control is high-level strict, so CE certification must choose the EU notified body! Differences between notified body and non-notified body: l The notified body is put on record on the official website of the European Union and can find the authorization list of all instructions. The qualification is reviewed and approved by the European Union. The audit mainly includes the independent notified number issued by the laboratory equipment and related engineers (the notified number is 4 digits). Relevant test reports and certificates issued are widely accepted and accepted in all EU member states; l non-notified bodies are laboratories and personnel that do not meet the official requirements of the EU. The certificate is not recognized in the EU. High risks of certificates issued by non-notified bodies! The certificate issued by the non-notified body, is unable to be approved by the EU customs, the EU market, the EU customer , and is as same as no certificate. Products shipped to EU ports will be stranded, resulting in huge costs and losses. Therefore, the selection of authoritative notified bodies for certification is the correct choice. Duration of CE certificate: The certificate is valid as long as the EU directive of the product is not updated and the standard is not changed, the manufacturer only needs to do the annual manufacturer audit, and the product itself is not changed. Choose the CE CB with advantages: The EU country, that the construction is developed, is the best choice, such EU countrieshave unparalleled experience, resources and recognition in product certification and testing. Italy, for example, has gave birth to the Renaissance, which led the cultural and spiritual transformation of the whole Western world. Especially the world famous architecture can be seen everywhere, not to mention the famous ancient Roman Colosseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa. Therefore, the choice of Italian authority notified body is a safe andreasonable choice. Fast, safe and effective EU CE certification: A professional organization —— ASCP, which maintains close contact and communication with Italian notified bodies, has a smooth process of obtaining evidence, ashort period, and a high degree of market recognition and acceptance. Can help Chinese manufacturers to obtain certificates and access to the European market as soon as possible. Follow professional organizations —— supplier customers under the guidance of project engineers, as long as the factory is willing to cooperate and have the awareness of improving product quality, basically can obtain the certificate smoothly. According to the audit preparation information list provided by the project engineer, the manufacturer actively cooperate with the documents required according to the certification requirements, site layout and personnel training, and follow the guidance of the engineer in a targeted manner, so as to complete the whole CE certification process andtest process efficiently and orderly.  
Electrical Safety Audit
Scope: Electrical Safety Audit reviews the risk degree of the overall electrical system on the sites, providing recommendation and measures to minimize or eliminate the risk of electrical hazards. Following is the scope in detail: Review of the electrical hazards identification and risk assessment. Review of the earthing and lightning protection system implemented in plant to ensure the equipment and human safety. To check earth resistance of earth pits and sockets on sampling basis. Review of EPM (Electrical Preventive Maintenance) programme in the facility Review of the shutdown procedure, work permits, lock-out tags etc. To check the hotspot in the electrical installation and equipment by using thermal imager. Review of the electrical distribution network & system of the plant emphasizing on adequacy and functionality of protection devices. Review of the electrical documents like register of electrical installations, single line diagrams, test records (Transformer oil test, Insulation Resistance test and Earth Resistance tests) and data sheets of critical electrical installations. Review of the availability & reliability of emergency systems such as DG set, UPS, battery etc. Review of the records of training and competency of employee and contractor performing the electrical work. Review of the awareness of employee and contractors related to electrical safety, electrical hazard at workplace and the precautions to be taken. Identify the training needs of the plant employee from the point of view of electrical safety. Physical verification of warning signage & labelling on all electrical distribution panels, transformer and switchgear. Review of fire system protection.
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