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


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:

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.




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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Our news and thoughts on the Social Compliance industry

Press Release

Industry Press Releases

​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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