Social Audits
Starts from $588 USD per man day

Social Audits

What Is A Social Audit?

As companies expand their manufacturing and sourcing capabilities around the world, supply chain workplace conditions are increasingly scrutinized, particularly in developing countries. 

A Social Audit, also known as an ethical audit, helps companies understand the key sustainability issues they face and enable them to mitigate risks through their supply chain. A Social Audit verifies whether the supply chain operation complies with social and environmental standards. 

Independent audits are valuable for businesses wishing to develop an effective social compliance programme, as they can cover complex issues such as local social conditions, cultures, languages of workers, and standard industry practices, along with any applicable laws and regulations. 

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Product Categories

  • Softlines

    Customers’ expectations are high in the softlines industry. Any quality issue, price discrepancy, or late delivery directly affects your business finances and reputation. Accelerated fashion seasons in the apparel and home textile industry create an urgency to quickly produce quality products that are compliant. With softlines, textile, footwear and accessories companies expanding into new global markets, they face an increasingly complex environment that challenges the turn-around of goods.

    We help you manage risk and achieve your goals of quality products being shipped in a timely manner. By combining quality assurance and quality control services at all stages of the product life cycle, Bureau Veritas can help protect your reputation and brand.

    Our inspectors and auditors have experience within the apparel, footwear and accessories marketplace allowing us to offer inspection and audit services worldwide for all kinds of softline products.

      • ACCESSORIES
      • From supplier qualification through to final shipment; our specialists help you avoid supply chain disruptions allowing you to ship quality products on time.

      • Belts
      • Handbags
      • Laptop bags
      • Purses
      • FABRIC & HOME FURNISHINGS
      • At every stage of your supply chain we verify your product meets time to market demands, and satisfies consumer expectations.

      • Curtains
      • Cushions
      • Fabric
      • Linen
      • FOOTWEAR
      • Our product specialists partner you to make the right supplier choice and verify the quality and safety of your footwear before shipment.

      • Leather Shoes
      • Men, Women, Children and babies shoes
      • Synthetic shoes
      • Textiles shoes
      • GARMENTS
      • At every stage of your supply chain we verify your electrical goods meet time to market demands, and satisfy consumer expectations.

      • Activewear
      • Fashion wear
      • Jeans
      • Linen
      • Shirts
      • Sleepwear
      • Soft furnishings(cushions, curtains, and etc.)
      • Underwear
      • Jackets
      • Power Tools
      • Small Domestic Appliances
      • SMART WEAR
      • In today’s connected world, more and more softline product are integrating technology. As a global leader in both softlines and wireless, our BV Best Practice...

      • Connected Footwear
      • Intelligent Textiles
  • HARDLINES

    Since hardlines encompasses an extensive array of products, ranging from furniture, jewelry, office and household goods, to candles and more - they often require a focused inspection and audit approach. Our BV Best Practice specifications have done the hard work for you. We have identified the necessary requirements for multiple global markets helping you with improved product quality, better branding and a reduction in customer complaints and returns due to poor quality.

      • INDOOR
      • At every stage of your supply chain we verify your product meets time to market demands, and satisfies consumer expectations.

      • Candles
      • Cookware
      • Craft & Decoration
      • Kitchenware
      • OFFICE
      • Our product specialists partner you to make the right supplier choice and verify the quality and safety of your furniture before shipment.

      • Cabinets
      • Chairs & Tables
      • Shelving
      • Stationery & Supplies
      • OUTDOOR
      • From supplier qualification through to final shipment; our specialists help you avoid supply chain disruptions allowing you to ship quality products on time.

      • Building Products
      • Camping Products
      • Patio Furniture
      • Tools
      • PERSONAL
      • Our quality management approach verifies that your personal goods meet best in class inspection requirements and satisfy the demands of your customers.

      • Luggage
      • Pet Care
      • Sporting Goods
      • Watches
  • TOYS

    Our quality assurance services for toy and juvenile products include both specialized services to meet specific needs and testing services to help assess if your product meets required governmental regulations and industry standards.

      • CLASSICAL
      • At every stage of your supply chain we verify your toys meet time to market demands, and satisfy consumer expectations.

      • Arts & Crafts
      • Balls
      • Construction Toys
      • Musical Toys
      • Fancy Dress
      • Kids Jewelry
      • Kids Kitchenware
      • Kids Make-up products
      • Metal Toys
      • Plastic Toys
      • Plush Toys
      • Science Sets
      • Seasonal Novelties
      • ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS
      • Our product specialists partner you to make the right supplier choice and verify the quality and safety of your electrical toy before shipment..

      • JUVENILE PRODUCTS
      • From supplier qualification through to final shipment; our specialists help you avoid supply chain disruptions allowing you to ship quality products on time.

      • Baby Furnishings
      • Bedding
      • Safety/Security
      • Transportation
      • WIRELESS CONNECTED
      • Our quality management approach verifies that your connected toys meet best in class inspection requirements and satisfy the demands of your customers.

      • Drones
      • Internet Connected
      • Quadcopters
      • Robots
  • ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS

    The electrical and electronics industries face a number of challenges preparing their products for the marketplace. Identifying and conforming to global requirements in a changing regulatory environment, optimizing product development, assessing suppliers and auditing their factories, and monitoring quality throughout the supply chain. Added to these are rising concerns that it is the producer’s responsibility to see a product through to the end of its useful life. Bureau Veritas has the comprehensive capabilities to partner with you in solving these issues.

      • CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
      • Our product specialists partner you to make the right supplier choice and verify the quality and safety of your consumer electronics shipment.

      • Audio/Video
      • IT Equipment
      • Telecommunications
      • Battery Operated Electronic Items
      • CONSUMER GOODS
      • At every stage of your supply chain we verify your electrical goods meet time to market demands, and satisfy consumer expectations.

      • Large Domestic Appliances
      • Lighting Chains
      • Power Tools
      • Small Domestic Appliances
      • Generator Driven Appliances
      • SMART HOME
      • Our quality management approach verifies that your personal goods meet best in class inspection requirements and satisfy the demands of your customers.

      • Entertainment
      • Heating
      • Lighting
      • Security
      • Video Consoles
      • TELECOMMUNICATIONS
      • Our product specialists partner you to make the right supplier choice and verify the quality and safety of your telecommunications products before shipment.

      • Feature Phones
      • Routers
      • Smart Phones
      • Tablets

Important notes when you book a Social Audit on InSpec-bv.com

  • TAT (Turn Around Time) from booking to execution is ~ 30 calendar days.
  • MD Rate (Man-Day Rate) varies according to the number of on-site employees and location of premises. After booking, our team will confirm by return the final MD Rate.
  • SMETA: for SMETA audit booking, please note a SMETA membership number will be required during your booking on InSpec-bv.com.
  • Report TAT (Turn Around Time) is 5 working days.
  • Cancellation of an audit: 1 working day for audit executed in Asia, Middle East and Africa. 2 working days for Europe and Americas.

A broad range of Social Audits

Bureau Veritas evaluates supplier compliance with a variety of social standards, including corporate codes of conduct and industry standards established by organisations such as AMFORI, SEDEX, etc… 

You can book online below solutions: 

  • BV Standard
  • Amfori BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative
  • Sedex SMETA - Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit
  • SLCP - Social & Labor Convergence Program
  • HIGG FSLM - Facility Social and Labor Module
  • WRAP - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
  • Client Standard

Our Social Audit services include:

  • In-depth compliance monitoring of manufacturing issues, labour standards and local customs.
  • Developing and implementing solutions for high-profile multinational companies.
  • Web-based solutions for real-time access to audit status, audit results, and supply chain trends.
  • Comprehensive code of conduct programmes.
  • A proven ability to deliver seamless global services with rapid response capabilities.
  • Provision of collaborative visits for multiple clients to share costs and remediation efforts.

What are the core areas to measure for a Social Audit?

Core areas to measure may vary depending on audit services. They usually include but not limited to:

  • Child Labor
  • Discrimination
  • Forced labor
  • Harassment
  • Disciplinary Practices
  • Working Hours
  • Wages Benefits
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association
  • Environment

InSpec By Bureau Veritas

Our Approach & Expertise

As a world leader in third-party inspection service, our inspection team all undergo rigorous technical qualification and integrity training before performing any type of inspection

INSPEC BY BV is an online booking platform to improve your product quality and reduce returns with systematic inspection and audits. You will experience a fast, easy-to-use booking flow for your product inspection services, and you can book one of our next available product specialists to be at your factory for service as quickly as the next day.

  • Quality Inspection and Audit Services with Fast & Easy Online Booking
  • Online Dashboard to Monitor Your Draft Bookings & Reports
  • Performed by Bureau Veritas Team & Available Globally

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Why Bureau Veritas?

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 80,000 employees located in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories around the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

The benefits of working with Bureau Veritas:

Experience & Efficiency

We actively provide factory assessments to major US-based and global retailers. Based on our experience, we offer you a "standard practice" approach that leverages the knowledge of our team of experts.

Global Resources

With locations around the world, we can assess the factories of your vendors where needed.

Technical Knowledge & Leadership

Our auditors receive specialized training and use detailed protocols and operations to deliver a first-rate service. All findings positive and negative are supported by documented objective evidence.

Personalized Service

We provide an electronic checklist that can be customized to your requirements.

Code of Conduct Query - We provide independent, impartial and objective services. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email us

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Our approach to Social Audits

With offices across more than 140 countries, Bureau Veritas is positioned to provide independent social compliance audit services. 
We leverage BV protocols for on-site monitoring, including confidential employee interviews, record testing, observations and management feedback. For industry scheme audit (SMETA, WRAP, BSCI etc...) we also apply scheme’s protocols.

We use local auditors who are familiar with the local language, culture, regulations and laws in their region.

Bureau Veritas has extensive experience in designing and advising customers on implementing compliance programmes for organisations of varying sizes and operational perspectives. Plus, our methodology covers all elements of supply chain social compliance and is designed to inject confidence into design, development and implementation processes.