APSCA Newsletter June 2021

30/06/2021 - No Comments

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:

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.


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