Social compliance audits verify that supply chain times are driven by socially and environmentally sustainable business practices. Today, many brands conduct social compliance audits when choosing companies to take place in the supply chain within the framework of the supplier code of conduct they have created. There are companies that perform these audits directly with their own auditors and receive services from third-party accredited auditing and certification bodies for auditing. Some companies set their own social compliance audit criteria; some use international social audit methodologies for this. Internationally recognized audit approaches such as BSCI, ETI, SA 8000, SEDEX / SMETA etc. are examples.
Although different social compliance audit methods and tools have been developed in the business world today, almost all of them have the same starting point. In summary, all audits focus on human rights, business ethics and environmental issues. In this context, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact, the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) etc. form the basis of social compliance audit criteria. Although there are some differences between them, it is possible to summarize the social compliance audit criteria as follows:
No Use of Child Labor
Supplier companies cannot employ persons defined as "children" by age in accordance with local labor laws or international agreements. Although the minimum age limit varies depending on the sector and the activity, it is usually around 14-15 years old.
Suppliers may not force any person to work. In this context, convicts in prisons cannot be used as workers; No person can be employed against debt. At the same time, practices where the employment contract cannot be terminated unilaterally are not allowed.
It is not allowed to discriminate among employees in situations such as hiring or firing, promotion and seniority, retirement, rewarding, remuneration and fringe benefits. In this context, discrimination should not be made among employees on issues such as religion, race, ethnicity, language, gender, political opinion, etc.
Collective Bargaining Right
Employees have the right to join the of their choice, to participate in activities, to sign a collective bargaining agreement and to bargain collectively with the employer. These rights of employees cannot be violated under any circumstances.
Employer management has to measure and report the impact of its activities on the environment. No business processes and operations that are not compatible with environmental sustainability are allowed. In this context, supplier companies are expected to comply with international environmental and energy management systems.
Employees cannot be paid less than the minimum wage. Likewise, the conditions specified in the laws regarding social and fringe benefits cannot be compromised.
Limits on working hours, including overtime, must be observed in local labor laws and international employment contracts. In this context, it is verified that the employees in the social compliance audits work a maximum of 48 hours a week and do not work longer than 12 hours.
Occupational health and Safety
The working environment offered by the supplier companies to the employees must comply with the occupational health and safety criteria. In this context, compliance with the requirements of international occupational health and safety standards and local labor laws should be ensured, taking into account issues such as the sector, product / service, field of activity, etc.
Relationship with Employees
Employers cannot under any circumstances adopt a humiliating, harsh, inhuman and degrading attitude towards employees.
Each work carried out by the supplier companies must comply with local laws and international labor agreements to which it is a party.
Information and documents regarding all processes carried out between the supplier companies and the parent company must be kept confidential. Suppliers should establish an information security management system to ensure information security.
Working with a Subcontractor
Supplier companies cannot work with another supplier without the permission and approval of the company.
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