Happy New Year! Following a celebration of our 2018 successes, APSCA have launched 2019 with an unwavering focus toward realization of our mission - to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of individual auditors and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.
During January, we continued to increase the accessibility of our CSCA examination platform as a means to establish industry credibility and position our Members as the trusted professionals of Social Compliance Auditing. This was achieved through piloting of the CSCA Examination (Part I) in simplified Chinese and Spanish. In combination with the English CSCA examination format, this is expected to service up to 80% of our currently enrolled auditor base and further augment the rate of auditor certification.
Additional to the growth and development of APSCA as your industry body, we are committed to increasing awareness of social compliance audits and further promoting the services offered by our Members. To that end, APSCA will continue industry representation at a number of key events and conferences worldwide.
We look forward to continuing to share our progress with you throughout the year.
Language Soft Launch Exam - CSCA Exam Part 1 (Simplified Chinese/Spanish) - Jan 23 - 25, 2019
January 23 - 25 - APSCA hosted a Language Soft Launch Exam, piloting Part 1 Multiple Choice examination questions in simplified Chinese and Spanish. The pilot included over 45 auditors across 30 firms during the three-day period.
Piloting the CSCA Exam Part 1 in both languages will help us prepare in advance of offering the exam in simplified Chinese/Spanish set to launch end Q1.
We look forward to sharing the learnings and feedback from the soft launch next month.
Now Available - New Firm Membership Application Process
APSCA’s Audit Firm Membership Application process has been formally released and details can be found here on our website: https://www.theapsca.org/become-a-member-firm.html
All applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where We’ll Be – APSCA Out and About
Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 1,600 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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During December we held our 2018 Annual General Meeting for resolution of Board nominations and operational review. The event provided an opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to our Executive and Stakeholder Boards for their leadership and guidance through 2018; a year marked by unprecedented growth and development.
Further, the Board would like to thank our Members for their continuing support and dedication to the realization of APSCA's mission. We are confident in your carriage of our vision for 2019 and look forward to supporting your work through enhancement of the professionalism, consistency and credibility of the independent social compliance audit industry.
Annual General Meeting 2018 Update
APSCA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Hong Kong on 4 December with over 140 in attendance. The event reflected on achievements across the 3 pillars of Validation, Governance and Processes and Systems. Read the address from APSCA'a President & CEO, Rona Starr here.
Addressing the formal resolutions of the AGM, APSCA welcomed the following new Board Members:
APSCA Executive \ Stakeholder Boards From Left Back Row: Rajan Kamalanathan, Richard Ingrao, Antonio Astone, Christian Ewert, Dan Murray, Christophe Liebon, Randy Rankin, Frank Dorssers, Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman. From Left Front Row: Rochelle Zaid, Avedis Seferian, Effie Marinos, Jan Saumweber, Pierre-Yves Dupont, Greg Gardner, Rona Starr. Absent from photo: Darrell Doren, Fred Waelter, Laura Chapman Rubbo, Bernardo Cruza, Elizabeth Borrelli, Wesley Wilson.
See more from the AGM here
2018 Membership Snapshot - Auditor Enrollments
The substantial increase in auditor enrollments during the year has further reinforced APSCA’s position as the independent social auditing industry association. Now exceeding 3200, APSCA’s Member Auditor base embodies a geographically and ethnically diverse population.
APSCA President & CEO commented: "Respective of market demand, industry commitment has escalated since ASPCA’s formation. The augmentation of auditor enrolments is considered a direct reflection of this response; increasing by some 200% since April 2018 to reach over 3,200 fully enrolled auditors as at the end of December 2018 from over 40 Audit Firm Members. Further, our auditor base spans across more than 93 countries with more than 45 different languages confirming such commitment is widespread and demanding of APSCA’s international presence."
Download our 2018 Membership Snapshot
CSCA Exam Part 1
Following optimization of the examination process considering key pilot learnings, APSCA
held a Pre-Launch 3-4 October 2018 and a Soft Launch 12-24 November 2018. 119 Auditors from 39 of our Member Firms participated in these events which reflected a major milestone in our strategic plan. The launch saw a 71% pass rate with 22 participants unable to complete the examination due to IT or poor internet issues.
Discover the development of the CSCA Exam from pilot to launch!
The full launch began 17 December 2018 commencing with over 130 auditors enrolled to sit Part 1 of the exam. We will hold a soft launch for Part 1 of the exam in Simplified Chinese and Spanish late January 2019 with an anticipated full roll-out late Quarter 1, 2019. We have provided monthly allocations for each Member Firm for this initial phase of implementation
Our monthly newsletter now reaches over 1,500 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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New Firm Membership Application Process
APSCA’s new Firm Membership Application process has been formally released and details can be found on our website.
All applications should be sent to email@example.com.
Seasons Greetings from the APSCA Team!
From Left: Julie Shaw (APSCA Director Systems Management), Kerrie Baylis (APSCA Data Administrator), Kelly-Jo Potts (APSCA Member Services Manager) & Rona Starr (APSCA President & CEO)
Our news and thoughts on the Social Compliance industry
APSCA Webinars - September 4 & 5, 2019
To help keep you informed on the latest updates regarding exams and APSCA’s Code & Standards, APSCA hosted informational webinars September 4/5.
The webinar presentation is provided below for your reference as well as the following:
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