September continued to deliver strong performance from CSCA exam participants as APSCA prepares for the presentation of our first CSCA’s in December. Part III of the exam is to be piloted in October with some 50 auditors representing 24 Firms.
Following revision of APSCA’s Code and Standards, a series of webinars were offered to Members and stakeholders during September. The sessions sought to clarify questions regarding recent updates in addition to development of the CSCA examination process.
Reflecting on September’s progress, APSCA President and CEO Rona Starr commented “The dedication and backing of Members and supporting stakeholders continues to fuel APSCA’s momentum. As we enter Q4, we are excited by the realisation of our strategic plan; working today in preparation for tomorrow”
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APSCA Annual General Meeting & Stakeholder Event
Please join us in celebrating APSCA's 2019 achievements and strengthen your connection with industry peers.
Location: Shenzhen, China
December 11, 2019 Meeting and Event Schedule
Additional details to follow.
Stakeholder Board Appointments
During September, we were pleased to welcome our newest Stakeholder Board Members:
Driving Efficiency and Collaboration
September 2019 – While in London, APSCA, Sedex and amfori met to continue their discussions on how to drive efficiency and collaboration within the social compliance industry. The focus is on identifying specific areas of potential collaboration between Sedex and amfori’s respective Audit Integrity programs, with the aim of improving the quality of social compliance audits as well as identifying ongoing areas for improvement. The three organizations are looking forward to furthering the conversation leading towards the enhancement of professionalism, consistency and credibility of those operating within the social compliance industry.
Looking Ahead: APSCA Data System Enhancements
APSCA Team members recently met with IT developers to discuss enhancements to APSCA’s data system. There are very exciting developments coming our way over the next 9 months! We look forward to sharing the enhancements with you over the coming months – stay tuned!
Left: Data system mapping with the APSCA and consulting IT development team. Right: Celebrating a productive workshop on data system management set to deliver significant enhancements for APSCA Members (Pictured left to right: Mark, Carl, Jonathan, Kelly-Jo, Rona, and Mike Moore (not pictured)).
APSCA hosted three informational webinars September 4/5 to inform and answer questions from our Member and stakeholders regarding the CSCA exams and APSCA’s Code & Standards.
To view a copy of the webinar presentation with speaker notes, Q&A summary, and recording of the presentation, please visit our website - APSCA’s newsletter updates here.
CSCA Exam Part I
A total of 1,490 CSCA Part I exams have been completed to date with the pass rate holding at 80%. Since examinations commenced, approximately 12% of scheduled exams have not been completed. Of these uncompleted exams, some 59% were due to participant forfeiture (failure to present for exam) and 36% due to IT issues.
CSCA Exam Part II
A total of 102 CSCA Part II exams have been completed, with a pass rate of 67%. Since examinations commenced, approximately 7% of scheduled exams have not been completed with the majority due to participant forfeiture (failure to present for exam).
CSCA Exam Part II (English) launched 21 September 2019. Consult with your Member Firm to confirm your eligibility to sit for Part II (English)
CSCA Exam Part III Pilot
As APSCA continues to advance towards having certified auditors (CSCA) we are excited to announce that we will be piloting the third and final portion of the CSCA exam in October with approximately 50 auditors representing 24 Firms.
Accordingly, our first CSCA's will be presented at the AGM and Stakeholder Event in December. Member Firms with eligible auditors have been notified about the process.
APSCA Auditor Enrollments
During September, the total number of enrolled auditors reached over 3,975 with 65% Registered Level Auditors and 35% Associate Social Compliance Auditors.
Membership Application Process
APSCA’s Audit Firm Membership Application process was formally released last November. Details can be found on our website. All applications should be sent to email@example.com.
Reminder: All existing members need to reapply to move from Provisional to Full Membership.
FAQs – Helpful Resources on the Website
Be sure to check out APSCA’s newly updated FAQ page. Have a question? We’ve got answers here.
Don’t see a question/ answer you’re looking for? Contact us at Director@theapsca.org
APSCA Out and About
Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 2,300 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.
Our news and thoughts on the Social Compliance industry
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. http://www.verite.org/vision/November2016/Solutions?utm_source=November+2016+Newsletter&utm_campaign=November+Vision+Newsletter+Blast&utm_medium=email