How To Get The Most Out Of A Supplier's Social Audit

While widely used to assess working practices in the supply chain, audits are flawed when considered in isolation. We show you how to get the most out of audits, and also how you can move beyond them for a more complete picture.

Audits are now widely used by fashion brands and retailers, particularly in more developed countries, to judge whether suppliers meet their codes of conduct for working conditions and environmental management. While good-quality auditing has a part to play if it’s part of a cycle of continuous improvements, it should be approached with caution. Evidence shows that auditing alone does not result in improved conditions.

There are four reasons for this.

Firstly, the nature of audits means that …

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