During August, auditor enrolments increased by over 15% with 2,740+ auditors fully enrolled. With APSCA Membership engendering an obligation to enhance audit credibility, Member Auditors are encouraged to use and share their auditor number with clients as a reflection of such commitment. Further, Member Firms are urged to continue enrolling eligible auditors with some 120 applicants having just commenced enrolment in the past seven days.
Additional to the augmentation of auditor enrolments, awareness of APSCA’s mission continues to grow. Our newsletter now reaches over 1000 subscribers worldwide; reflecting a 400% increase in readership since 2016. If you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA, please share this newsletter with them via the link below.
Auditor Enrolment & Accounts
APSCA have over 2740 Auditors who are fully enrolled. We are excited about the continued growth and encourage Member Firms to enrol your social compliance auditors, it is never too late.
Our newsletter is coming up to its two-year anniversary! Our readership has grown fivefold, starting with approx 200 subscribers back in 2016 and has reached the 1000 mark during August. We gained over 70 new subscribers this month alone creating a globally vast audience, with the USA, United Kingdom and Hong Kong being our most significant readership locations.
We ask our Member Firms to continue encouraging your audit firm personnel to subscribe to APSCAs newsletter to stay up to date with our ongoing progress. Further, if you have a friend or colleague that may be interested in APSCA, please share this newsletter with them. Help them stay in the loop as we provide important APSCA updates, outcomes and future events in this newsletter.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Reminder
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Hong Kong on the 4th of December 2018.
Out and About
Avedis Seferian (WRAP President & CEO and APSCA Executive Board Chair) provides an update regarding Bangladesh at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Social Responsibility Committee Summer 2018 Meeting. Avedis’ presentation looked at the current, fast-paced changes happening within Bangladesh and what to expect moving forward.
Rona Starr (CEO and President of APSCA) also presented at the meeting, discussing internal activities within APSCA. With the current standing of over 2740 Auditor Members, spanning 62 countries and 11 languages, Rona outlined the ongoing Auditor enrolment process and spoke about the intended launch of Part I of the exam which will lead towards auditor certiifcation later this year as well as other activities for 2018 and beyond. This led to a further group discussion about their expectations of APSCA and what they are looking to see in the future.
As a reminder - Member Auditor accounts are recorded independent of a Member Firms. As such, an individual auditors account details, and membership number stays with them wherever they work.
Account changes will only be accepted through notification from the Auditor. Auditors should email the APSCA Data Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any requested changes. It is also good practice to share an alternate (personal) email address to be maintained on the Auditors profile.
Firms are encouraged to incorporate confirmation of ASPCA Auditor Membership during their onboarding processes on new auditors to facilitate Auditor being linked with applicable Member Firms. Firms should also develop an off-boarding process to ensure detachment with the APSCA database as required. Member Firms should notify the Data Administrator of any changes to member connections via email@example.com.
Member Firm Pilot Application Process
APSCA Membership engenders a commitment to continuously enhance the professionalism and credibility of the social compliance industry in accordance with the principles of our Code of Professional Conduct.
Respective of this commitment, APSCA have been focused on the development of an application process which will reinforce the values and professional integrity to which all APSCA Members have been endorsed and will continue to be held accountable.
The pilot application process is in the final stages of completion and results of the pilot will be shared with the Executive Board at the upcoming meeting. It is anticipated that the new process will be launched towards the end of September. and APSCA will notify potential applicants in a few weeks with more information.
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