BSCI has introduced as part of its Audit Integrity Programme a new Quality Control (QC) check to evaluate the performance of auditing companies conducting BSCI audits in order for these to remain high quality assessments of working conditions in factories and farms.
Based on random selection of auditing companies, these evaluations will be executed by an independent third party during BSCI audits to ensure they capture different aspects of audit quality.
The evaluations are aimed to assess the skills, knowledge and professionalism of the auditors, not the producers, and therefore the appointed Quality Control auditor will not interfere with the official audit and his observations will only be aimed at the quality of the auditing company, which would not impact the audit report or audit result.
The BSCI System Manual defines and establishes a special emergency procedure to be followed by auditors when a Zero Tolerance issue -such as flagrant human rights violations or unethical behaviour that compromises the integrity of the BSCI audit- is identified during a check. In case of Zero Tolerance issue found but missed by the auditing company, the QC executor is requested to report the case to the BSCI secretariat for further investigation.
To read more about the programme BSCI has developed to improve transparency and reliability in the BSCI monitoring process, click here.