SOCIAL AUDITING PROGRAMME
Our auditing and compliance activity is at the heart of our sustainability strategy and vital to achieving our targets and goals.
It’s mandatory for all factories to be audited under an accepted social audit scheme. All production locations are audited according to the BSCI Code of Conduct, or another equivalent system that’s approved by Hunkemöller. Separate audits are also performed by internationally accredited independent auditors. The purpose of recognising standards equivalent to the accepted BSCI is to reduce the cost of certification (from a supplier’s perspective), decrease audit fatigue and acknowledge standards with shared principles. A social audit scheme can only be accepted if it fully covers Hunkemöller’s requirements and if the follow-up and implementation plan of continuous and sustainable improvements is both serious and credible. Equivalent standards must be stronger or equal to the requirements of the already recognised BSCI standards. We expect all business partners share and are monitored against these values and principles.
If an audit reveals less than full compliance with the BSCI Code of Conduct (or equivalent system), the factory must take the prescribed corrective actions without delay. The period of time the supplier/ production location has to implement these corrective measures will be agreed upon with the auditors and/or the Hunkemöller CSR team, but may never exceed 12 paid months. Our aim is to partner with the right suppliers, independently from the country they are located in. The majority of audits are semi-announced – the factory agrees to a timeframe of a month, during which the auditor is free to come unannounced and carry out the inspection. In some cases, for example with new business relations, we do a fully announced audit to build mutual trust.