Supplier Audit Methodology

All you need to know about Factory Audit Standard

Supplier Audit Methodology

When performing supplier audit in China and Asia, unless specifically required by the principal, we follow a structured and organized framework having its own back bone. Apart for the Basic Supplier Audit, we strictly follow the:

  • International standard framework (ISO, SA, WRAP, BSCI, C-TPAT, GMP, etc…)
  • Principal instructions and requirements

Basic Supplier Audit

Our Basic Supplier Audit methodology is based on a quick supplier evaluation operation made in one man-day aiming to have an overview  of a supplier background.  This audit framework, has been modeled using the ISO 9001 standard based. It takes back this framework outline in a lighter way in order to be performed in one man-day.

This, allowing us to offer to our customers the possibility to protect their down payment at affordable cost. This is particularly adapted for buyers who don’t necessarily need a deep investigation of their supplier regarding quality management system,  quality assurance and other criteria included in the ISO 9001 standard..


ISO 9001 Audit

Our ISO 9001 Audit follows strictly the international standard ISO 9001 framework edited by ISO Organization. It was established in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization.

This type of audit is a deep, extensive and detail minded audit focusing on several important quality management and organizational points which can influence quality and performance of an organization). This ISO 9001 factory audit in China and Asia is usually recommended to principals who have already a minimum of understanding of what ISO 9001 qualification mean and who have a real care for quality management in their manufacturing plant.

The ISO 9001 Audit especially focus on :

  • Quality management  and quality assurance system
  • Organization, production process, workflow and production capacity
  • Traceability and control
  • Work force and working conditions


SA 8000 Audit

Our SA 8000 Audit in China & Asia is an audit focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility aspect of an organization. Its framework follows the SA 8000 international standard edited by Social Accountability International and then modeled on ISO standard.

This audit is specially interesting for importers and retailers who are caring about sustaining their brand image against potential Corporate Social Responsibility issue in their supply chain affecting and damaging their brand name and image

SA 8000 is based on the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures the performance of companies in eight areas important to social accountability in the workplace which are :

  • Children Labor
  • Forced and Compulsory Labor
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline
  • Working Hours
  • Remuneration


ISO/TS 16949

Our ISO/TS 16949 Audit in China and Asia is an audit modeled on the backbone of the development of a quality management system focusing on continual improvement, defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. It is initially based on the ISO 9001 standard and the first edition of ISO/TS 16949 was published in Marc 2002.

The aim of the standard is to improve the system and process quality to increase customer satisfaction, to identify problems and risks in the production process and supply chain, to eliminate their causes and to examine and take corrective and preventive measures for their effectiveness.

This standard is especially used in Automotive industry where target and goal achievement are a priority. Hence, it will be particularly taken in consideration by buyers who serve this industry.

ISO/TS 16949 specially focus on:

  • Quality Management System (general requirements, control of documents and records)
  • Responsibility of the management
  • Management of resources
  • Product realization
  • Measurement, Analysis and Improvement


ISO 14000

Our ISO 14000 Audit in China and Asia is an audit modeled on ISO 14000 standard being a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to:

  • Help organizations to minimize how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e., cause adverse changes to air, water, or land)
  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements
  • Continually improve in the above.

Our ISO 14000 environmental audit make sure your supplier is following the framework offered by the standard to ensure an effective environmental management system.

ISO 14000 Audit specially focus on:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Definition of the environmental aspects related to manufacturer activities
  • Legal requirements compliance
  • Environmental objectives and program
  • Noise
  • Handling and storage of chemicals
  • Waste and Wastewater disposal
  • Air pollution
  • Resource consumption
  • Emergency preparation


C-TPAT Audit

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply chain security program led by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and focused on improving the security of private companies’ supply chains with respect to terrorism. The program was launched in November 2001 with seven initial participants, all large U.S. companies.

The program, which now has over 9000 partner companies, focuses on improving the security of company’s supply chains. A comprehensive, independent security analysis at each stage of your supply chain ensures C-TPAT compliance.

What our C-TPAT Audit in China and Asia is focusing on:

  • Outside Barriers and Physical Security
  • Factory Internal Security
  • Factory Employee Security
  • Shipping Dock Security
  • Key and Seal Controls
  • Security Processes
  • Container and Merchandise Movement
  • Computer Systems Security and Controls

BSCI Audit

Our BSCI Audit in China & Asia is a supplier audit using the BSCI framework as backbone for the audit. We strictly follow the standard for those operations and only BSCI accredited auditor are performing them.

Based on the SA 8000 standard, the Business Social Compliance Initiative aims to incorporate the buyers into the certification program. Factories are audited regularly on the basis of standards similar to those of the SA 8000. An SA 8000 certified factory directly qualifies for BSCI certification.


WRAP Audit

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. The WRAP certification program mainly focuses on the apparel, footwear and sewn products sectors.

Our WRAP Audit in China & Asia is a supplier audit using the WRAP framework as backbone for the audit. Auditor performing WRAP audit are licensed and accredited to perform those audit.

Main focusing point for WRAP Audit:

  • Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations
  • Prohibition of Forced Labor
  • Prohibition of Child Labor
  • Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
  • Environment
  • Customs Compliance
  • Security


Corporate Retail Audits

Our Corporate Retail Audits in China and Asia are modeled based on framework required by retailers such as WalMart, Carrefour, Tesco, Costco, Nike, Disney, Target etc…

We perform retail audits following strictly frameworks edited by those retailer.