APSCA Newsletter August 2021

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APSCA Newsletter August 2021

The last two years has posed many challenges impacting us all. However APSCA and our Members have managed to continue striving further towards achieving APSCAs Mission and are excited to share news and take a moment to celebrate a Milestone in our progress during these difficult times.
 
We have officially reached 1000 CSCAs, an incredible milestone made possible by our Member’s determination and commitment. Congratulations to each of you!
 
APSCA also announces that our wonderful Member Services Manager is leaving us today. We celebrate and thank Kelly-Jo for her outstanding accomplishments throughout her time at APSCA.  Her contributions, and leadership within the APSCA team will be sorely missed.
 
We announce a partnership between SLCP and APSCA, provide key dates for upcoming exams, and share information regarding the new languages now available.

Further highlights are provided below.
 

 

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As at 30 August 2021, that’s how many of our APSCA Member Auditors have obtained the status of Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCA).

   

The CSCA status – and the achievement it stands for – is part of APSCA’s mission to enhance the credibility, consistency and professionalism of Member Firms and CSCAs to be the trusted professionals in social compliance auditing.

This milestone is one we can all be proud of – accomplished Members taking the initiative to further their careers and enhance the profession. On behalf of everyone at APSCA, congratulations to our 1000 CSCAs!

 

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It is with deep regret that APSCA announces the resignation of our much-valued Member Services Manager Kelly- Jo Potts. Kelly-Jo has been with the APSCA team for nearly three years, and her outstanding contribution to the rapid growth of our organisation has not gone unnoticed. Kelly-Jo has been the driving force behind revamping our overall communication which included our Member Happenings, Website, Resource Library, introduction of our YouTube channel, and social media.  Behind the scenes, she has been at the forefront of renovating our data systems and ensuring our team has the tools and technology to work efficiently and effectively for our Members in addition to the execution of the enhanced Member Firm application process, to name a few.
 
Kelly-Jo’s hard work, empathy and professionalism will be greatly missed, as well as her smiling face and can-do attitude. Thank you, Kelly-Jo, we wish you nothing but the best for your next adventure!

We are looking forward to announcing our new Member Services Manager in the coming weeks.
They will have some big shoes to fill!  In the meantime, if you have any questions or would ordinarily emails Kelly-Jo, please email director@theapsca.org for support.

 

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Webinars, Guidance Documents and Auditor Handbook for Part I Exam
You can now view as an element of your Part I exam preparation, Webinars & FAQ’s, Guidance Document and Auditor Handbook in the following languages:

The Due Date for sitting Part I of the CSCA exam in 6 languages, is 28 February 2022.

 Reminder:  APSCA’s Auditor Handbook is not publicly available or posted on the website. Member Auditors are advised to consult with their Member Firm to obtain a copy of the latest version.

 IMPORTANT:  Auditors are advised only to sit exams in a language they are ‘advanced’ in. If the exam is not available in your ‘advanced’ language we suggest that Member Auditors postpone sitting exams until available in a language, they are advanced or comfortable testing in.

 

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Part II Exam in 6 new languages and Guidance Documents 
The 6 new languages of Bangla, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Vietnamese and Thai are available for booking via ProctorU. If you already have a Part II booked and you would like to sit in one of these languages, please notify the Exam Team (exam@theapsca.org) who can adjust your current booking.

You can now find the Part II Exam Guides in the APSCA Resource Library for Bangla, Portuguese, Italian and Turkish (with Thai and Vietnamese coming soon).  Webinars for these languages are coming soon.

Part II exam deadline for these 6 languages is October 2022 or 3 months after being notified of passing Part I, whichever is the latest.

 

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August sees us welcome 2 new Members to APSCA’s Stakeholder Board
Genevieve Taft-Vazquez and Linda Kromjong.

 

  • Genevieve Taft-Vazquez is a Global Director in the Human Rights Dept. at The Coca-Cola Company. Genevieve’s role is focused on providing strategy, governance and policy oversight and support to the global team and global operations. She has spent much of her career working in the area of corporate sustainability, responsible sourcing and the intersection between business and human rights from a range of perspectives

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  • Linda Kromjong is Global Labor & Human Rights Director at Samsung Electronics. In this role she focusses on strengthening the company’s relationships with key international policymakers and opinion formers and supporting Human Resources and other relevant business departments in driving corporate and supply chain improvements.

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Read more about Genevieve Taft-Vazquez and Linda Kromjong here

 

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Expression of Interest – Continuous Professional Development Trainings / Courses:

APSCA strives to support our Member Auditors and enhance auditor competencies through APSCA’S Continuous Professional Development (CPD) policy. We welcome Member Firms, partners, and affiliates to participate in this initiative by submitting an expression of interest to have their social compliance auditing-related training courses  recognized as part of APSCA’s CPD program. Recognized courses will be given a number of CPD hours which Member Auditors can note on their APSCA profile as meeting the annual requirement. Recognized courses can range from online courses to webinars, conferences, and workshops, etc. 

 

You can submit your training or course materials for consideration by completing our expression of interest form here.

Any questions, please contact Director@theapsca.org
 

 

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NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
Guidance 1: Audit Effectiveness and Auditor Safety


                                               

APSCA’s guidance on use of subcontractors or partner organizations.
Visit APSCA’s Resource Library page for a copy of the PPT presentation including notes.

www.theAPSCA.org
 

 

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SLCP and APSCA Partnership Announcement

APSCA and Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) are pleased to announce our formal collaboration. Our collaboration furthers our data integrity goals as both organizations have a shared vision to enhance the credibility of social compliance audit organizations and reliability of social audit data.

SLCP and APSCA have been a consistent partner over the last 5 years and have been aligning our criteria to monitor and improve the performance of SLCP Verifiers and Verifier Bodies. Under this collaboration agreement, both organizations have now mutually agreed to share alerts and integrity investigations proactively and systematically within the framework of our consent given by Members. APSCA and SLCP will also continue to seek further avenues for engagement that will support our joint vision.
 

 

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Thank you, Sophia Rubbo!

APSCA would like to farewell and wish all the best to our summer intern Sophia Rubbo. Sophia has been working closely with our Certification Coordinator on driving our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) efforts (visit APSCA’s Resource Library) and helping the team on a few other projects over the last couple of months. She’s now off to start her Sophomore year of college at George Washington University!

We thank her for the work she completed over the last few months and hope to see her back for a few more projects in the near future.  In the meantime, we wish her all the best in her studies and future career. 

 

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We are pleased to congratulate 3 Member Firms on acheving full APSCA Membership Status DNV, IBL Africa (PTY) Ltd, and Key Traceability LTD. We want to thank their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.


For information on Firm Membership definitions and how your Firm can commence the application process, please visit our website.  

Definition / reference of the terms noted above are available on our APSCA Member Auditors page.
 

 

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 REMINDERS – EXAMS 


 

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For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam.

Should you have any questions or need clarification on the exam eligibility process, please contact us at Director@theapsca.org  

CSCA Exams & Languages:

  • Part I & II are available in ten languages (English, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Bangla, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese).
  • Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Please see our website, Resource Library to assist with your preparation and for more information.

 

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Auditor Enrollments

As of August 30, 2021 total enrolled Auditors who are in good standing, exceeded 4,400 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

 

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To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for exam preparation and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics and they will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies
APSCA’s latest policies and Guidance Documents are available. 

Visit our website to access the resources.

 

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Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 4,000 subscribers each month! We encourage our Member Firms to have their auditors subscribe to APSCA’s newsletter to stay up to date with APSCA Happenings by clicking here. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA please share this newsletter with them via the link below.

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs
Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APSCA Newsletter July 2021

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APSCA Newsletter July 2021

All of us are continuing to adapt to life and business with a pandemic which continues to adjust our day to day and results in one human value, communications, being more important than ever. That’s why APSCA encourages you to participate in our communications survey. Your support will enable us to deliver to you news and information which is valuable, timely and convenient all year long. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the survey
 
Welcome to our newest team member, Alex Nasr, who is our Director of Code and Compliance who will continue to grow our ethics and integrity efforts.
     
As our global outreach continues, we’re please to introduce our Auditor Handbook in two additional languages.

Further highlights are provided below.


As APSCA works to continuously improve our way of communicating with our  56 Member Firms, over 4000 Member Auditors and numerous Stakeholders, who operate in more than 90 countries, we have developed a survey to enable us to hear from you as to how we can better communicate. 

We welcome your input however also appreciate hearing anything additional we may have not asked but you would like us to know.

Click and view below.

It only takes a few minutes!
Thank you! – APSCA Team



 


We are pleased to announce that Alex Nasr commenced as Director of Code and Compliance on 26 July.

Alex is an investigations and research professional with a focus in recent years on fraud and compliance issues. Alex most recently was director of the investigations practice at investigations and diligence firm Blackpeak. He has been living and working in Hong Kong/China since 2005.

We are excited to have Alex join us and drive the leadership of APSCA’s Ethics and Integrity efforts.

 

We also would like to announce the promotion of Emma Youngman, who is now our Data & Compliance Co-ordinator.  Emma has played a couple of roles with APSCA over the last few years, starting off as an Intern for APSCA for one semester as part of her International Business degree.  She joined us part-time moving to full-time during 2020 in the role of Data Administrator.

Emma has been covering the Code and Compliance role for the last two  months and will continue to support Alex with the Ethics & Integrity function while also completing her Master of Ethics.

Welcome Alex and Congratulations to Emma!

Please report issues to ethics@theapsca.org
 



Expression of Interest – Continuous Professional Development Trainings / Courses:


APSCA strives to support our Member Auditors and enhance auditor competencies through APSCA’S Continuous Professional Development (CPD) policy. We welcome Member Firms, partners, and affiliates to participate in this initiative by submitting an expression of interest to have their social compliance auditing-related training courses  recognized as part of APSCA’s CPD program. Recognized courses will be given a number of CPD hours which Member Auditors can note on their APSCA profile as meeting the annual requirement. Recognized courses can range from online courses to webinars, conferences, and workshops, etc. 
 
You can submit your training or course materials for consideration by completing our expression of interest form here.

Any questions, please contact Director@theapsca.org

 



Auditor Handbook Now Available in Portuguese and Turkish

APSCA’s Auditor Handbook is also available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Italian and now Portuguese and Turkish, (with Bangla, Vietnamese and Thai to come soon). 

 Reminder:  APSCA’s Auditor Handbook is not publicly available or posted on the website. Member Auditors are advised to consult with their Member Firm for a copy of the latest version.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
Guidance 2: Use of Subcontractors and Partner Organizations



                                               
APSCA’s guidance on use of subcontractors or partner organizations.
Visit APSCA’s Resource Library page for a copy of the PPT presentation including notes.
 
www.theAPSCA.org
 
 REMINDERS – EXAMS 

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For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam.

Should you have any questions or need clarification on the exam eligibility process, please contact us at Director@theapsca.org  

CSCA Exams & Languages:

  • Part I is available available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Bangla, Thai, and Vietnamese).
  • Part II is available in four languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese), with the additional six languages coming soon.
  • Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.  

Please see our website, Resource Library to assist with your preparation and for more information.

Auditor Enrollments
As of July 27, 2021 total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,300 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

 


To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for exam preparation and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics and they will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies
APSCA’s latest policies and Guidance Documents are available. 

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA continues to translate member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.
 


Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 4,000 subscribers each month! 
We encourage our Member Firms to have their auditors subscribe to APSCA’s newsletter to stay up to date 
here. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA please share this newsletter with them via the link below.
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APSCA Communications Survey – We Want to Hear From You!

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APSCA COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY

We Want To Hear From You! 

We welcome your input. Click and view below for a brief survey to help us better serve you and improve our communications efforts. 

Thank you! – APSCA Team 

APSCA Newsletter June 2021

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This month we open expressions of interest to Member Firms, partners and affiliates to participate in having their social compliance auditing related training courses be considered for APSCA recognition. We encourage submissions in all languages.

We welcome our summer Intern to our APSCA Team, along with ten new Full Member firms.

Our current Newsletter subscriber numbers have reached over 4,000!
We encourage our Members (Firms and Auditors) as well as our Stakeholders to stayed updated through our newsletter and via our website.

We continue to welcome comments and questions to director@theapsca.org any time or via our website.

Further highlights are provided below.
 

                            

Expression of Interest – Continuous Professional Development Trainings/Courses:

APSCA continues to drive compliance and support Member Auditor competencies through APSCA’ Continuous Professional Development (CPD) policy. As part of these on-going efforts, we welcome Member Firms, partners, and affiliates to participate in this initiative by submitting an expression of interest to have their social compliance auditing related training courses be considered for APSCA recognition. Approved courses will be eligible for Member Auditors to earn CPD hours to meet membership requirements. Recognized courses can range from online courses to webinars, conferences, and workshops. 

You can submit your training or course materials for consideration by completing our expression of interest form here.

Any questions, please contact Director@theapsca.org

 

 

  
  We are pleased to welcome Sophia Rubbo to the APSCA team as our summer Intern. Sophia will be    researching and supporting APSCA’s continuous professional development (CPD) efforts and working    closely with our Certification Coordinator, Shannon, on driving CPD and other related projects.

   This is an exciting time for APSCA as we continue to grow rapidly and with Sophia’s assistance,             APSCA will continue to efficiently manage and monitor the dynamic nature of the Social Compliance       industry.



Auditor Handbook Now Available in Italian

APSCA’s Auditor Handbook is also available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional) with additional languages coming soon, including Portuguese, Turkish, and more!

 Reminder:  APSCA’s Auditor Handbook is not publicly available or posted on the website. Member Auditors are advised to consult their Member Firm for a copy of the latest version or available languages.

 

 



Helpful Question and Answer
Q: What does it mean when an Auditor receives a Warning from the Disciplinary Board for Member Auditors (DBMA)?

A: The DBMA may impose a range of sanctions when if it finds that a Member Auditor’s conduct has violated APSCA’s Code and Standards of Professional Conduct. The mildest of these sanctions is a Warning Letter.

Warnings remain confidential and are not shared with third parties other than the relevant Member Firm.  The Warning remains in the Member Auditor’s APSCA file for the period specified by the DBMA, which is usually two years. During this period, the Warning may be considered by the DBMA as a factor in determining sanctions if it substantiates a new violation of the APSCA Code by the same Member Auditor. If there are no new violations during the specified period, the Warning is removed from APSCA’s files

 

 

 



We are pleased to congratulate full APSCA Member Firms 
Partner Africa  |  Verner Wheelock Associates Ltd  |  SIPAS CR-PERU  |  GCL International Ltd      The British Standards Institution (BSI Group)  |  V-Trust  |  Verisio Ltd  |  GSCS International Ltd   SCS Global Services  |  CSR Solutions Limited on their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Full Member Firms                                                                                



For information on Firm Membership definitions and how your Firm can commence the application process, please visit our website.  

Definition / reference of the terms noted above are available on our APSCA Member Auditors page

 

 

 

For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam.

Should you have any questions or need clarification on the exam eligibility process, please contact us at Director@theapsca.org  

CSCA Exams & Languages:

  • Part I is available in seven languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, and Turkish), (with Bangla, Thai and Vietnamese coming soon)
  • Part II is available in four languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese), and
  • Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.  

Please see our website, Resource Library for more information.

 

Auditor Enrollments

As of June 28, 2021 total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,000 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

 
 


To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.

 

Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 4,000 subscribers each month! We encourage our Member Firms to have their auditors subscribe to APSCA’s newsletter to stay up to date here. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA please share this newsletter with them via the link below.

 

FAQs
Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.

    

APSCA Newsletter May 2021

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During May we saw some changes at APSCA. 
Unfortunately we say farewell to Carol Rice our Code and Compliance Manager and are excited to welcome Josh Morris into the role of Data Administration.

Updated date for completion of Part III Chinese exam, which has been extended to August 30 (ensure you have your seat booked prior to 30 June)

Our current Newsletter subscriber numbers have reached over 3,400.
We encourage our Members (Firms and Auditors) as well as our Stakeholders to stayed updated through our newsletter and via our website and we continue to welcome comments and questions to director@theapsca.org any time or via our website.



We are pleased to welcome Josh Morris to the APSCA team as our new Data Administrator.
Josh will be handling Auditor enrolments, associations, disassociations and other Member Auditor profile updates. Josh will be working closely with Emma who has moved to a newly created position of Data and Compliance Coordinator. This is an exciting time for APSCA as we continue to grow rapidly and with Josh’s assistance, APSCA will continue to efficiently manage and monitor the dynamic nature of the Social Compliance industry.

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We are pleased to congratulate full APSCA Member Firm EUROCERT S A and International Compliance Group Inc. on their
commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Full Member Firms                 

For information on Firm Membership definitions and how your Firm can commence the application process, please visit our website.  

Definition / reference of the terms noted above are available on our APSCA Member Auditors page

It is with regret that we announce that after 12 months with APSCA, our Code & Compliance Manager, Carol Rice, has made the decision to seek other opportunities. Carol has tirelessly worked to further implement APSCA’s Ethics & Integrity program and see it continue to work towards achieving our mission of enhancing the professionalism, consistency, and credibility of our Members.

We thank Carol for her time and support in helping drive ethics and integrity efforts at APSCA. 
For any questions or queries, please email Emma at ethics@theapsca.org who will be managing this with the support of our Senior Advisor Ethics, Tim Lindon.

This means that there is an opportunity to join our dynamic team.
We are looking for a Director Code & Compliance. Want to learn more about this role? Visit our website and application details here.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Director@theapsca.org


May sees us welcome Allison Hudson and Zameer Pasha as our newest Stakeholder Board members.

Allison Hudson is the Director of Customer and Member Relations at Sedex. She leads the Sedex community programme, bringing members, customers and stakeholders together to raise awareness, convene discussions on customer and industry challenges and drive best practice.

Zameer Pasha is the Director of Global Supplier Compliance at Walmart. In this role Zameer leads the responsibility of administering Social Compliance / Supply Chain Security monitoring solutions, Risk monitoring through assessment of audit reports.

Welcome!

Read more about Allison Hudson and Zameer Pasha here.  



For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam; failure to follow the guidance, may see the exam disallowed and being unable to sit for a period up to 12 months. 

CSCA Exams Part I is available in seven Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Italian and Portuguese) Part II is available in four Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese) and Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.   


Please see our website, Resource Library for more information.

 

NOTE:  Has an Auditor’s profile been moved to ASCA?  This could be because the auditor is noted as ‘advanced’ in Spanish or English and did not sit their Part II exam by the 30 March deadline. Ensure you check your profile to confirm your APSCA Auditor Level.


Auditor Enrollments

As at 27 May 2021, total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,000 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

 


To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.



Our monthly
newsletter now reaches over 3,000 subscribers each month!
We encourage our Member Firms to have their
auditors subscribe to APSCA’s newsletter to stay up to date 
here. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be
interested in APSCA please share this newsletter with them via the link below.

 

 

 

 

FAQs
Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.


APSCA Newsletter April 2021

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APSCA Newsletter April, 2021

We are pleased to announce the Part I CSCA Exam is now available in three additional languages: Turkish, Italian and Portuguese. These additional languages will continue to support APSCA’s CSCA Examination program. The release of further new language translations will be provided in the coming months.

APSCA continues to receive auditor enrollments, further increasing our Auditor Memberships to over 4,000. We also welcome new Full and Provisional member firms.

Further highlights are provided below.

 

CSCA Auditors and Exam Invites
Since the launch of the Part III exam in Q3 2020, we have reached 10% of our total auditor base achieving Certified Social Compliance Auditor (CSCA) status as more Auditors continue to progress through our examination certification process. Invitations for Part III exams continue to be issued to eligible auditors to proceed with booking their exams.

Consult with your Member Firm to confirm eligibility.

Visit our Resource Library for exam resources and announcements, including Key Dates, Webinars and more.

 

Member Firm Announcements
We are pleased to congratulate full APSCA Member Firm API Audit Limited along with our newest provisional Member Firm IQNet Ltd on their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Full Member Firm                                                                                Provisional Member Firm



For information on Firm Membership definitions and how your Firm can commence the application process, please visit our website.  

Definition / reference of the terms noted above are available on our APSCA Member Auditors page

                     
                     


IMPORTANT –
Has your account status been moved to “LAPSED”?


Member Auditors with a member status of ‘Lapsed’ may be due to one or all the reasons:

  • 2021 Membership Fees have not been issued and/or paid and/or
  • 2020 Membership Fees were not paid and/or
  • 2021 Consent (via online profile) has not been provided.

Check your APSCA profile to see if this relates to you and if you have any questions? Email: data.administrator@theapsca.org

Reminder: Auditors who have an APSCA Membership Status of “Lapsed” cannot conduct social compliance audits / services for an APSCA Member Firm.

Ensure you are aware of definition and impact of your status. Definitions provided here.


 

For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam; failure to follow the guidance, may see the exam disallowed and being unable to sit for a period up to 12 months. 

CSCA Exams Part I is available in seven Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Italian and Portuguese) Part II is available in four Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese) and Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.   


Please see our website, Resource Library for more information.

 

 

NOTE:  Has an Auditor’s profile been moved to ASCA?  This could be because the auditor is noted as ‘advanced’ in Spanish or English and did not sit their Part II exam by the 30 March deadline.  Ensure you check your profile to confirm your APSCA Auditor Level.

 

Auditor Enrollments

As at 26 April 2021, total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,000 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

PODCAST: Straight from the Source
Avedis H. Seferian, CEO of WRAP and Chair of APSCA’s Executive Board, shares thoughts on the compliance landscape on the latest Straight from The Source Podcast episode published this month.  
 
In this episode, Avedis gives us an overview of the compliance landscape, and the positive evolution of compliance in the face of COVID. This episode is critical for anyone working in or interested in the complex supply chains of apparel and footwear.
 
Listen to full podcast episode, here.

 

To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.

 

 

 

 
FAQs
Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org

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APSCA Newsletter March 2021

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APSCA Newsletter March 2021

In February and March, APSCA’s Disciplinary Board for Member Auditors (DBMA) met to review 40 individual cases of exam misconduct by auditors associated with three Member Firms. The DBMA reviewed the evidence provided by a rigorous independent investigation of exam misconduct, and the methodology used by APSCA to analyze over 1,000 APSCA Part I exams in late 2019 and 2020. Exams were analyzed resulting in sanctions issued by the DBMA. More on this latest ethics and integrity investigation below. 

During March, we continued to receive auditor enrollments, further increasing our Auditor Membership.   APSCA welcomed two new Provisional Firm Members and one firm attaining Full Membership status.  Also as previously communicated, we are pleased to launch in mid-April the Part I CSCA Exam in three additional languages:  Turkish, Italian and Portuguese.  These additional languages will continue to support APSCA’s CSCA Examination program.

More on the latest announcements provided below.

 

In this this issue:

  • Ethics and Integrity
  • April Launch – Part I Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese
  • CSCA Examination Progress 
  • Member Firm Announcements
  • Executive Board Appointments
  • Auditor Exams – Updates & Reminders
  • Member Auditors – Lapsed? 
  • CSCA Examination Progress
  • Meet the Team
  • Auditor Enrollments
  • Resource Library
  • FAQs

      Ethics and Integrity

 On February 25th and March 5th the Disciplinary Board for Member Auditors (DBMA) met to review 40 individual cases of exam misconduct by auditors associated with three Member Firms. Based on an independent investigation, it was found that unauthorized practice/mock exams were created from actual APSCA test material, and the resulting allegations reviewed by the DBMA included:

  • Realizing an unfair advantage by studying the APSCA Part I Mock Exams
  • Sharing Mock Exams with auditors associated with multiple Member Firms
  • Not reporting the knowledge and distribution of the Mock Exams

The DBMA reviewed the evidence provided by a rigorous independent investigation of exam misconduct, and the methodology used by APSCA to analyze over 1,000 APSCA Part I exams in late 2019 and 2020.  The methodology incorporated accepted methods used within the testing industry to identify exam indicators of test-takers who realized a competitive advantage by gaining familiarity with test material prior to taking an actual exam.  APSCA used the same criteria and interpretation of results for all exams analyzed.

The DBMA substantiated all allegations, and the resulting sanctions included:

  • Suspension of APSCA Membership, and Required to Re-sit the APSCA Part I Exam: 6 auditors.  The suspension time ranged from 1 month to 1 year.
  • Warning Letter and Required to Re-sit the APSCA Part I Exam: 29 auditors
  • Warning Letter: 5 auditors

90 additional cases are currently being reviewed based on allegations of realizing an unfair advantage while taking the APSCA Part I Exam, and not reporting knowledge of the Mock Exams. 

   

April Launch – Part I Exam Available in Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese!                

        

APSCA is excited to launch Part I Exam in Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese, with more languages to come soon!

Eligible auditors can now book their Part I Exam in Turkish, Italian, and PortuguesePlease work with your firm to ensure you are following the process.

Reminder: For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam.

Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam.

CSCA Examination Progress

APSCA continues to make progress towards the roll-out of exams in our 6 new languages.  We recently uploaded Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese to the existing Chinese and Spanish list of translated resources found in the Resource Library, which supports the launch of these languages.

Turkish, Italian and Portuguese Part I have launched with the questions being added to the exam site and are going through a verification process. Part II in these 3 language will be available soon.  We will keep you informed once the additional languages are ready to be launched.

 

Member Firm Announcements
We are pleased to congratulate our newest provisional APSCA Member Firms URS Verification PVT. LTD. and GCL International Ltd.  and full Member Firm Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) on their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Provisional Members: 

  

Full Members:

 

Executive Board Appointments
During February and March we have farewelled two long term members of our Executive Board:

  • Effie Marinos (SGS) has retired. We thank her for her ongoing support the last few years and look forward to Effie’s continued support while she enjoys her retirement. Thank you, Effie!
  • Brendan Morrissey (Walmart) has had a change of role within Walmart. We have appreciated his time and contributions to APSCA efforts. Thank you, Brendan!

Both leave an indelible mark on APSCA and our progress was enhanced because of their support.

April sees us welcome Ollivier Bellet as our newest Executive Board member. Ollivier is the Global Responsible Business Services (RBS) Manager at SGS, responsible for the management and execution of second party assessments across the globe.
 
Read more about Ollivier Bellet

MEMBER AUDITORS – Has your account status been moved to “lapsed”?
Member Auditors with a member status of ‘Lapsed’ may be due to one or all of the following reasons:

  • 2021 Membership Fees have not been issued and/or paid and/or
  • 2020 Membership Fees were not paid and/or
  • 2021 Consent (via online profile) has not been provided.

Check your APSCA profile to see if this relates to you and if you have any questions? Email: data.administrator@theapsca.org

Reminder: Auditors who have an APSCA Membership Status of “Lapsed” cannot conduct social compliance audits/ consultancy services for an APSCA Member Firm.

Definition of a ‘Lapsed’: 

An APSCA Member who has NOT maintained one or more of the requirements to be considered ‘In Good Standing’ cannot:

  • use their APSCA Member Number on a Social Compliance Audit
  • actively participate in any capacity within a Social Compliance Audit.
  • present themselves as an APSCA Member at any time.

Note:  Upon a Member Auditors status lapsing, the Auditor, regardless of their previous status, will be moved to the level of ASCA and noted as “Lapsed” for Membership Status.

Ensure you are aware of definition and impact of your status.

CSCA Examination Progress

March saw an increase of 83% in the sitting of Part II examinations as Auditors advanced in either English or Spanish took the exam to meet the 31 March 2021 deadline.  We still are seeing a decline in the overall pass rate, largely attributable to Part II examination results.  APSCA now have approx. 300 Auditors achieve Certified Social Compliance Auditor (CSCA) status as more Auditors continue to progress through our examination certification process.
 
APSCA’s President and CEO Rona Starr commented ” Fluctuation in results are to be expected and as examinations assess the unique competencies of social compliance auditors, the exams reveal opportunities for improvement as a means to cultivate industry credibility and position our Members and Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCA) as the trusted professionals of Social Compliance Auditing. With this in mind, it is important we equate successful exam results with the recognition of an Auditors’ requisite skills, knowledge and competencies

 

For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam; failure to follow the guidance, may see the exam disallowed and being unable to sit for a period up to 12 months. 

CSCA Exam Part I is available in seven languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, and Italian), Part II in four languages  (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese), and Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.   

Please see our website, Resource Library for more information

Meet The Team – *New*

Visit the Our Team page on APSCA’s website to see the team behind the organization! 

 

Auditor Enrollments

As at 24 March 2021, total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,100 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

                  

                              

To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.


FAQs
Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.
Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.

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Disciplinary Action (Member Firm) – March 2021

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APSCA ANNOUNCES DISCIPLINARY ACTION
AGAINST A MEMBER FIRM

The Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) announced today that it has revoked the membership of Leverage Limited.

APSCA determined that Leverage’s conduct related to the improper copying and distribution of APSCA’s certification exam questions violated Sections 1.1. (Accountability) and 2.3 (Integrity Management) of APSCA’s Code and Standards of Professional Conduct (Code). After a thorough investigation by an outside firm, the decision to revoke Leverage’s membership was made by the APSCA Disciplinary Board for Member Firms, made up of experienced professionals who are independent of any APSCA Member Firm. Upon appeal, the decision was affirmed by APSCA’s Executive Board on February 17, 2021.  All proceedings were conducted in accordance with APSCA’s Disciplinary Framework and Procedures, which are publicly available at https://www.theapsca.org/ethics-integrity.

Although APSCA has, on several occasions in the past, revoked the membership of individual member auditors, this is the first time APSCA has revoked the membership of a member firm following disciplinary proceedings. 

APSCA’s President and CEO, Rona Starr stated that “APSCA exists to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.  The imposition of disciplinary sanctions on individual auditors and members firms who violate our professional standards is not taken lightly and is an important component of our efforts to achieve these goals for the social compliance industry.”

For further information, please refer to the APSCA website at www.theapsca.org or contact Rona Starr at rona.starr@theapsca.org.

APSCA Newsletter February 2021

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During February, our Membership continued to strengthen with Auditor enrolments exceeding 4,300 and an additional six firms attaining full membership status. As participation in the CSCA examination program remains high, we were also pleased to realize 34% growth in our CSCA cohort during the month.

March has commenced with the announcement of significant disciplinary action against a Member Firm, determined to have violated APSCA’s Code and Standards of Professional Conduct while an update of Firm applications is also provided below. 

 

In this issue: 

  • APSCA Announces Disciplinary Action Against a Member Firm
  • Member Firm Announcements
  • Upcoming Deadlines & Reminders
  • Member Auditors – 2021 Membership Fees Due
  • CSCA Examination Progress
  • Auditor Enrollments
  • In Case You Missed It – 2020 APSCA’s Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Online Event
  • FAQs
 

APSCA Announces Disciplinary Action Against a Member Firm

APSCA announced that it has revoked the membership of Leverage Limited on 1 March 2021. APSCA determined that Leverage’s conduct related to the improper copying and distribution of APSCA’s certification exam questions violated APSCA’s Code and Standards of Professional Conduct (view full media release here).

APSCA’s President & CEO Rona Starr stated “APSCA exists to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits. The imposition of disciplinary sanctions on individual auditors and members firms who violate our professional standards is not taken lightly and is an important component of our efforts to achieve these goals for the social compliance industry.”

Member Firm Announcements

We are pleased to congratulate full APSCA Member Firms RINA Services S.p.A., Excel Sustainability Management & Technology Co., Limited (SMT), Primus Auditing Operations, Control Union Certifications BV, Ethical Trade Services Africa Limited and Centre Testing International Group Co., Ltd (CTI) on their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Full Members: 

An update on new Member Firm applications is provided below including the number of Firms not accepted for membership and those who were unable to meet membership requirements, voluntarily withdrawing or were suspended.

Definition / reference of the terms noted above are available on our APSCA Member Auditors page

IMPORTANT - Member Auditors – 2021 Membership Fees Due

During January, Member Firms were asked to raise 2021 Membership Fees for their auditors. Auditor identified by their Firm as being responsible for their own Membership Fees were required to request an invoice from APSCA.

Any auditor not completing this request will have their Membership moved to “lapsed” on 8 March. A ‘Lapsed’ auditor means the auditor is not an ‘In Good Standing’ Member Auditor and cannot use their APSCA Member Number on a Social Compliance Audit or call themselves an APSCA Member Auditor.  

For more information on status categories/definitions, visit our APSCA Member Auditors page of our website.

Auditors or Firms with questions regarding 2021 membership invoices can contact APSCA at Accounts@theapsca.org.  

CSCA Examination Progress

APSCA continues to make progress towards the roll-out of exams in our 6 new languages.  We have recently uploaded Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese to the existing Chinese and Spanish list of translated resources found in the Resource Library, which supports the upcoming launch.  Both Turkish and Italian Part I questions have been added to the exam site and are going through a verification process. We will keep you informed once the additional languages are ready to be launched.

During February, examination rates remained strong as the total number of completed exams now exceed 6,400 with an overall pass rate of 71% reflecting a 3% decline from January 2021. The decline in pass rates was largely attributable to Part II and Part III examination results which recorded reductions of 5% and 14% respectively. 

APSCA’s President and CEO Rona Starr commented “Overall we are pleased with the continued advancement of our Auditor cohort through the CSCA examination program; particularly as we exceeded 200 Certified Social Compliance Auditors this month. Fluctuation in results are to be expected and as examinations assess the unique competencies of social compliance auditors, the exams reveal opportunities for improvement as a means to cultivate industry credibility and position our Members and Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCA) as the trusted professionals of Social Compliance Auditing. With this in mind, it is important we equate successful exam results with the recognition of an Auditors’ requisite skills, knowledge and competencies”

A summary of cumulative exam results can be downloaded below.

For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam; failure to follow the guidance, may see the exam disallowed and being unable to sit for a period up to 12 months. 

CSCA Exams Part I and II are available in four Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese) and Part III is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.   

Please see our website, Resource Library for more information

Auditor Enrollments

As at 25 February 2021, total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,300 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

In Case You Missed It – APSCA'S 2020 AGM & Online Stakeholder Event

Facing the Future, Together

APSCA’s 2020 Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Events were held online during December 7-8 and 14-15 with over 268 registered.  The online event reflected on achievements across APSCA’s five (5) pillars of Validation, Governance, Ethics & Integrity, Communications and Processes and Systems. 

Highlights included recognition of a total of 139 Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCAs) along with a year in review of achievements (membership and exams), ethics and integrity, and APSCA progress despite the global challenges and impacts of COVID to our members, community, and industry. 

For more on topics covered, visit our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Stakeholder Event page for pre-watch videos, our Annual Report, and other materials shared with attendees for a year in review of APSCA’s progress and continued commitment to strengthening industry credibility – and Facing the Future, Together

Any questions, please contact director@theapsca.org.

To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.

FAQs

Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.

Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.

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APSCA Newsletter January 2021

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January 2021 continued with sustained momentum in Membership growth; three Member Firms achieved Full Membership status during the month following the six Firms announced in December 2020. While our membership strengthens, we continue to pursue opportunities to enhance membership experience; recently including the release of our new website – New Year, New Look, Same Mission! 

In this this issue:

  • New Year, New Website!
  • Member Firm Announcements
  • Membership Fees
  • CSCA Examination Progress
  • Auditor Enrollments
  • Exam Reminders
  • APSCA’S 2020 AGM & Online Stakeholder Event
  • Resource Library
  • FAQs
 

New Year, New Website!

Member Firm Announcements

We are pleased to congratulate full APSCA Member Firms UL LLC, Lloyd’s Register and Insite Compliance LLC along with our newest provisional Member Firm Key Traceability Ltd on their commitment to the realization of APSCA’s mission “To enhance the Professionalism and Credibility of individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits”.

Full Members: 

Provisional Members: 

For information on Firm Membership definitions and how your Firm can commence the application process, please visit our website.

IMPORTANT - Member Auditors – 2021 Membership Fees Due

During January, Member Firms were asked to raise 2021 Membership Fees for applicable auditors. However, an Auditor who has been identified by their Firm as being responsible for their own Membership Fees will be required to request an invoice or accept one if issued directly to the Auditor by a Firm. 

Auditors or Firms with questions regarding 2021 membership invoices can contact APSCA at
Accounts@theapsca.org.  

Invoices Raised by Jan. 31 
As is APSCA’s usual practice, invoices are not be automatically raised.  This must be actioned by either the Firm or Auditor, and any auditor not requesting an invoice by January 31, will be moved to “lapsed” until they request their Membership invoice. Please ensure you are taking action to raise invoices, as needed, January 31 is just around the corner. 

Invoices Paid by Feb. 28 
Auditors with unpaid Membership fees as at 1 March will be moved to the category of “lapsed”.    ‘Lapsed’ auditor means the auditor is not an ‘In Good Standing’ Member Auditor and cannot use their Member Number on a Social Compliance Audit or call themselves an APSCA Member Auditor.  For more information on status categories/definitions, visit our APSCA Member Auditors page of our website.

If you are unsure about invoices, please check your APSCA account (see ‘Invoices’ tab) or contact APSCA team at Director@theapsca.org.

 Any questions, please contact: director@theapsca.org

CSCA Examination Progress

APSCA continues to make progress towards the roll-out of exams in our 6 new languages.  We have recently uploaded Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese to the existing Chinese and Spanish list of translated resources found in the Resource Library, which supports the upcoming launch.  Both Turkish and Italian Part I questions have been added to the exam site and are going through a verification process. We will keep you informed once the additional languages are ready to be launched.

During January, examination rates remained strong with the total number of completed exams now exceeding 6,000 with an overall pass rate of 74%. A summary of cumulative exam results can be downloaded below.

For all CSCA Exams (Parts I – III) Auditors must consult with their Member Firm to confirm eligibility to sit each exam. Please ensure you follow the guidance in the Auditor Handbook and notify APSCA prior to enrolling for any exam; failure to follow the guidance, may see the exam disallowed and being unable to sit for a period up to 12 months. 

CSCA Exams Part I and II are available in four Languages (English, Spanish, Simplified & Traditional Chinese). 

CSCA Exam Part III interviews commenced in August. The Part III Exam is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.  The scheduling process has been finalized and we are contacting Firms / Auditors directly.  We recognize that the Part III launch has been a bit slower than we all hoped, mainly due to COVID, however the pace has stepped up with over 300 auditors being invited to schedule in the last few weeks.

Please see our website, Resource Library for more information

Auditor Enrollments

As at 25 January 2021, total enrolled Auditors exceeded 4,250 with a summary by Auditor level provided below.

  • APSCA recently enhanced the look and feel of the exam reports that are issued to auditors as part of continuous improvement.  This went live early January.
  • APSCA recently launched a range of new Part I exam questions in the existing 4 languages and have launched a new Part II Case Study in English.  Additional languages to follow shortly.
  • Exam due dates for auditors sitting Part II and III exams for 2021 are noted on APSCA’s website. If an Auditor is unsure whether this applies to them please contact APSCA via director@theapsca.org.

REMINDER: For Auditors who have recently obtained RA level status, you have 6 months from the date you obtained your RA status to sit Part I exam IF advanced in a language the exam is offered. 

Upon passing Part I, Auditors have 3 months from the date notified of passing Part I to sit Part II, IF advanced in a language the exam is offered.

We remind our Members to consult the Resource Library to access the latest membership documents, exam dates, webinars, and more. 

In Case You Missed It – APSCA'S 2020 AGM & Online Stakeholder Event

Facing the Future, Together

APSCA’s 2020 Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Events were held online during December 7-8 and 14-15 with over 268 registered.  The online event reflected on achievements across APSCA’s five (5) pillars of Validation, Governance, Ethics & Integrity, Communications and Processes and Systems. 

Highlights included recognition of a total of 139 Certified Social Compliance Auditors (CSCAs) along with a year in review of achievements (membership and exams), ethics and integrity, and APSCA progress despite the global challenges and impacts of COVID to our members, community, and industry. 

For more on topics covered, visit our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Stakeholder Event page for pre-watch videos, our Annual Report, and other materials shared with attendees for a year in review of APSCA’s progress and continued commitment to strengthening industry credibility – and Facing the Future, Together

Any questions, please contact director@theapsca.org.

To better serve our Membership and interested parties, we established a Resource Library on APSCA’s website. The library provides a comprehensive directory of member documents, key dates, exam guides, webinars for ease of access, and more! 

To further enhance this page, we have added:

‘Announcements’
Key messages will be posted to the new ‘announcements’ section for both general and exam related topics. Announcements will be updated on an ongoing basis. 

Policies (Latest) 
APSCA’s latest policies are available for viewing. The videos provide an overview of policies presented at APSCA’s 2020 AGM & Stakeholder Event, including: Auditor Status, Subcontractors, and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Document Translations
Further to our existing member documents, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), APSCA is in the process of translating member documents in additional languages to better serve our global membership and community. Additional updates will be provided in due course though we encourage you to regularly review the Resource Page to see the latest documents and translations as they are released.

Visit our website to access the resources.

FAQs

Check out APSCA’s FAQ page – it has been recently updated.

Don’t see a question / answer you’re looking for? Contact us at director@theapsca.org.

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