Human Rights Watch urges German & Italian govts. to push for rehaul of "social audits" business

Author: Aruna Kashyap, Human Rights Watch, Published on: 31 October 2018

"Germany Paved the Way for Revamping “Social Audits,” Italy Should Follow", 8 Oct 2018

Pakistani worker representatives and European rights groups filed a complaint with Italian authorities against RINA. RINA, an auditing firm, issued a report certifying the Ali Enterprises factory. Weeks after they issued an SA8000 certificate [...] the factory burned down killing more than 250 workers...

The German authorities’ findings in a June 26 report came at the end of a two-year process in response to complaints about a social audit conducted by TUV India and its parent company, TUV Rhineland, in a factory in Bangladesh...

German authorities have identified numerous concerns with the auditing industry. These include auditors’ technical expertise, the methodology for audits, and how the audits are paid for. The authorities also expressed concerns about whether factories actually fix the problems and what brands do to monitor the process, and whether workers have ways of raising grievances after the auditors leave the premises...

Germany [...] is well placed to lead a dialogue that would fundamentally alter the social audits business. Italian authorities too should come out strongly pushing for a rehaul of the system...

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