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The role of audits within the BSCI process
Independent external audits are used by BSCI participants to assess the performance of a producer against the BSCI Code of Conduct. All BSCI audits are exclusively conducted by auditing companies that have been accredited by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) and have signed a Framework contract with BSCI.
Once an auditing company is accredited by SAAS, the company can contact BSCI to express their interest to be included in the list of BSCI auditors. The details of the relationship between the auditing companies and BSCI are fixed in a framework contract. Procedures for the audits, BSCI management instruments and instructions on the use of the BSCI database are regulated by this framework contract and a series of documents is provided. Only a Lead Auditor who is certified SA8000 and has successfully passed an SA8000 Advanced Lead Auditor Training by SAAS is allowed to perform a BSCI audit. The list of accredited auditing companies is available under "Links".
How to become an auditing company in the BSCI framework?
As of 1 May, all auditing companies that wish to start conducting BSCI audits are asked to go through a new acceptance procedure. In order to improve the quality of BSCI audits, BSCI has decided to review and upgrade the criteria on which auditing companies can conduct BSCI audits. BSCI continues to request auditing companies to be Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) accredited for the SA8000 standard. However, BSCI adds new requirements, notably the restriction of the use of subcontractors. All new requirements are included in the new framework contract for the auditing companies.
Please see the 'The BSCI Auditing Companies Approval Procedure' and the application form. For interested companies, fill out the application form and send it with the relevant documentation to email@example.com, BSCI Auditing Manager.