A Code of Conduct (CoC) is a set of regulations governing corporate and business practices according to acceptable standards. By implementing a CoC, a company or organisation is committed to operate its business with the highest standards of business ethics, which exceed the local law requirement. Each brand and importer can develop their own CoC standard to which vendors are expected to comply. These standards are usually customised to meet international retailers’ requirements in Europe and the United States based on International Labor Organization (ILO) requirements.
A typical CoC covers elements such as child labour, forced labour, discrimination, disciplinary practices, harassment and abuse, freedom of association, working hours and overtime, remuneration and benefits, health and safety, and the environment. Companies are required to perform regular audits on vendors to ensure compliance with the requirements of the CoC throughout the supply chain. The audit process should be conducted by competent persons who are able to speak the local language, understand local cultural issues and are up to date on local legislation.
Companies and organisations that implement an audited CoC are able to ensure and demonstrate their commitment towards socially and environmentally ethical standards throughout the whole supply chain. Implementing a CoC is the first step to devising a future course of action and demonstrates the company’s commitment to ethical practices.
How can we help you?
As a third-party auditing body, our experts ensure the audit is tailor-made to match the CoC of each and every client throughout the worldwide supply chain.
Our CoC services
TÜV SÜD can carry out a social compliance audit on your supply chain. We can also conduct an audit on a supply chain management system that is already in place.
TÜV SÜD’s global network provides multidisciplinary expertise for a wide range of auditing and certification services in key markets. We act as a one-stop service provider for companies requiring social compliance programmes and management systems standards, integrating your existing systems such as BSCI and SA8000® with other management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
As part of our commitment to unparalleled service quality, our inspectors and auditors are required to adhere to our strict CoC. This ensures the expert opinions they provide are professional, independent and impartial.