APSCA Newsletter – February 2018

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Auditor Certification Pilot – China
The dates for our second Auditor Certification Pilot have been confirmed as 7 & 8 March 2018 in Shenzhen, China.  The pilot will have 48 participants, 24 each day, representing 29 Member Firms.  Upon arrival the participants will be allocated a number and divided into 3 groups, with each group rotating throughout the day to complete the following exams:

1.  Multiple Choice & Short Answer.
2.  Case Studies.
3.  Simulated Interviews.

The simulated interviews will be based on the following scenarios:

1.  Opening Meeting.
2.  Closing Meeting.
3.  Employee Interview.

Following the China pilot, we will be meeting with third party experts to incorporate additional learnings and determine the pass score in preparation for implementation later in 2018.  There are still a number of steps to achieve before we go live – but exciting progress continues!

Look out for our next Newsletter as we share the results of our 2nd pilot in China.

New Member
We are pleased to announce our new member:  Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd (Lloyd’s
​Welcome to APSCA !

APSCA Registered Auditors
We now have approx. 2,500 auditors registered from our 41 Member Firms.  Auditor information received from our Member Firms was assessed and uploaded into APSCA’s data system.  We have begun the process of having those auditors access their account, via a secure password, to complete the registration process.  This involves the completion of an on-line consent to manage their information, signed APSCA Code of Professional Conduct and to upload their image.  Once this is complete each auditor is assigned an APSCA Membership No.  They will be able to access and update their details at any time.  This work is being completed in 3 waves and is estimated to be completed by June 2018.  Following this the public will be able to validate APSCA registered auditors’ key credentials – stay tuned to our Newsletter for an update on when this will be available.

APSCA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Confidentiality Framework Agreement have been sent to all Member Firms for their signature – to review a copy of the Code of Professional Conduct, see our website:


2018-2020 Strategy Progress
In the December Newsletter we shared with you APSCA’s Strategy Plan which consists of 5 key pillars:
·        Validation
·        Governance
·        Compliance
·        Communication
·        Supporting Processes & Systems

We began 2018 with a great start and all elements are on time or in some cases ahead of time, with the only exception being the release of the new Confidentiality Framework Agreement which was delayed by a month due to the Christmas holiday break.

Sedex 2018 Conference
– Come by APSCA’s booth and say “Hi”!

We are proud to be supporting Sedex’s 2018 Conference, which will bring together more than 600 leaders in responsible sourcing for two days’ of discussion, insight, networking and real-world advice, all with the aim of providing practical ways to achieve impact through leadership. If you are going to be there – pop by and see us at our booth!  If you haven’t booked your ticket to secure your place at Europe’s largest responsible sourcing conference in 2018: 13th – 14th March, London, UK – see more at: http://bit.ly/2CDIvB6 

APSCA Support Statement
Organizations providing support via the APSCA Support Statement  (that was launched last year) continues to grow.  These organizations have provided their permission to use their name / logo which you can view on our website:


If you would like to offer your support and have your organization’s name/ logo placed on our website, please let us know by contacting director@theapsca.org.

Out & About
Check out our “Out & About” page for photos from the great events our Members have been part of:   http://www.theapsca.org/out–about.html

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​Verite  in partnership with the /  UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking held a workshop 31 October 2016 in New York, which many of APSCA members attended.  Follow this link to see their press release.  To get involved, contact Philip Hunter from Verite

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