What is the supply chain sustainability audit workflow
A supply chain sustainability audit typically involves the following workflow:
- Preparation: Before the audit, the auditor will gather information about the company, the products and services it offers, and the supply chain partners it works with. This information will be used to develop an audit plan and identify areas of focus.
- On-site assessment: The auditor will visit the company’s facilities and interview employees to gather information about the company’s operations, processes, and systems. The auditor will also visit supplier facilities and/or review documentation to gather information about the company’s supply chain partners.
- Data analysis: The auditor will review and analyse the information gathered during the on-site assessment. This will include identifying any issues or areas of concern related to sustainability.
- Report generation: The auditor will prepare a report that summarizes the findings of the audit. The report will include recommendations for addressing any issues or areas of concern identified during the audit.
- Follow-up: After the audit, the company may be required to implement the recommendations and to provide evidence of progress. An auditor may conduct a follow-up audit to ensure that the recommendations have been implemented and that the company is making progress towards sustainability.
- Certification: Based on the outcome of the audit, the company may be certified as sustainable, or may be awarded a sustainability label that verifies that the company has met certain sustainability standards.
It’s worth noting that this process may vary depending on the certification or standard being audited, the industry, and the size of the company being audited. Some audits may be more comprehensive, while others may be more focused. The frequency of audits may also vary depending on the certification or standard and the company’s commitment to sustainability.