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International Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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Over the last few years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has gained importance on global level, with industry-led certifications helping to pave a cohesive way for businesses to address pressing environmental, ethical and human rights responsibilities.

These certifications validate an organization's commitment to consumers, employees and stakeholders, ultimately endorsing a strategic approach to responsible business processes and principles.

Holding your supply chain accountable while ensuring quality performance can be challenging, but managing your audit process shouldn't be.

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The Value of Implementing Industry-Led Certifications

Social responsibility is a key element of the business value proposition, and failure in this regard can negatively impact financial results and brand image. Implementing social accountability certifications helps to provide your customers with peace of mind in buying ethically and responsibly produced products, and shows a commitment to the health and safety of your workforce and to continuously improving your operations. 

Understanding CSR Standards

When you are audited to any industry-led certification or International Organization of Standardization standard (ISO) by a certification body, you are telling your customers that you have a system in place tasked with ensuring the quality performance of your suppliers and your facilities while providing a safe and equal work environment for your workforce.

SA8000® - Social Accountability Standard

Created by Social Accountability International in 1997, SA8000® encourages organizations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace to improve working conditions.


BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), managed by amfori, is a social compliance certification that helps companies improve social performance across the entire supply chain, allowing an organization to monitor its supply chain to ensure that all suppliers are treating workers ethically and legally.

Benefits of BSCI


The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is a social compliance audit program that helps companies assess and improve the social and environmental performance of their sites and suppliers. SMETA was created by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX), a not-for-profit, online global membership organization that works with buyers and suppliers to improve their responsible and ethical business practices.

Benefits of SEDEX SMETA

Sourcing Audits

Sourcing audits employ a third party to help companies identify the best sources for products to ensure quality components or services are delivered on schedule at a competitive price. The scope of a sourcing audit can be broad, encompassing facility conditions, worker treatment and compensation, hiring processes, environmental practices and compliance with applicable laws. Because sourcing audits are performed at the behest of a company, they do not follow a prescribed time interval. Reports generally include findings, recommendations for corrective action and a timeline for implementation.

Benefits of Sourcing Audits

Factory Assessments

Factory assessments employ a third party to provide an objective assessment of the quality of the products or services produced, the safety culture, working conditions, the environmental impact of operations and the extent to which the factory complies with applicable laws, regulations and standards.

Benefits of Factory Assessments

Salary Equality Certification (Spain)

Every one of the participants in a public or private organization has the same rights in terms of responsibility, growth opportunities, development and remuneration. In recent years, a lot of work has been done to reduce the salary gender disparity to reduce the payment gap between men and women performing the same job, in the organization of which they are part. The Spanish legislation on Equality Plans has placed special emphasis on ensuring that all companies with 50 employees or more, implement a plan to avoid wage discrimination based on gender.

Benefits of Gender Equality Certification (Spain)

ISO 9001 - Quality Management System

ISO 9001 provides criteria for setting up a quality management system that helps ensure consistent, good quality products and services. The process approach outlined in this standard has a strong customer focus and emphasizes continual improvement.

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Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification

ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 sets out criteria and maps out a framework for setting up an effective environmental management system that helps you to reduce consumption and cut costs while increasing environmental stewardship. ABS QE certification to ISO 14001 can help your company be better prepared with a system in place to help you properly address an unplanned event and mitigate its consequences.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System

ISO 45001 provides a framework that helps reduce risk, prevent worker accidents, injuries and fatalities, enhances physical and mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and enables proactive OH&S performance improvement.

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Benefits of ISO 45001 Certification

Integrated Management Systems

Some companies seek multiple cybersecurity certifications. Seamless integration is invaluable when your QMS manages activities for more than one standard. If you want to be sure activities are being managed effectively and efficiently, you might want to consider integration support. Our experts can help you ensure your QMS is meeting all the appropriate criteria for whichever standards you have chosen to be certified to.

Benefits of Integrated Management Systems

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