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Beyond Social Auditing

Social audits are a frequent tool employed by companies to monitor the labour and human rights conditions in their supply chains. Following the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, social audits are increasingly also being used by companies to comply with their due diligence obligations. This trend is worrying given that numerous studies have found the practice to be ineffective in capturing human rights abuses in global supply chains, and ultimately in its current form to be failing workers. Incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh and the Ali Enterprises fire in Pakistan have tragically drawn attention to the pitfalls of social auditing. In this blog series on 'Beyond Social Auditing', expert authors discuss and reflect on solutions and fundamental reform options as well as what improved and accountable due diligence beyond social auditing should look like. This blog series is the result of a collaboration between BHRRC and Clean Clothes Campaign and was made possible thanks to funding from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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