Unlike for certification audits, for most social compliance audit schemes there are no binding standards to regulate auditor competence & qualifications. The recently launched Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) aims to fill this gap and to ensure the professionalism, credibility and consistency of auditors and organizations conducting social compliance audits. As one of the leading auditing firms, DQS welcomes the creation of APSCA and is committed to make an active contribution to its further development.
Following the successful review of our membership application by the APSCA Executive Board, DQS was approved as a member in September 2016. In the coming months, APSCA aims to roll out a certification scheme that confirms the competence of individual auditors and the organizations that commission them. This qualification system shall ensure that social audits are conducted in a competent and professional manner, thereby safeguarding the long-term credibility of social auditing practices.
Behzad Sadegh, Head of the Responsible Sourcing Division at DQS and Lead Auditor for various social and ethical standards, welcomes the development: “APSCA will make it a lot easier to distinguish competent and trustworthy auditors. By relying on qualified auditors, companies can make sure that their stakeholders take audit results seriously and accept them as a valuable tool to drive improvement.”