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AIM PROGRESS

CERTIFICATION

To enable and promote responsible sourcing practices  throughout the supply chain.

AIM progress* is a forum of major brands which seeks to  promote responsible sourcing, to improve supplier assessment  efficiency and effectiveness, and to reduce audit fatigue  from multiple duplicate evaluations. Suppliers are therefore  encouraged to share their assessment reports directly with  Aim Progress upon request or upload them via a data platform  such as the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) or others,  which provide a secure online data exchange between suppliers  and customers.

*Association des Industries de Marque – European Brands Association /  PROGramme for RESponsible Sourcing

AIM PROGRESS PROGRAM IS BASED ON FOUR PILLARS:

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KEY BENEFITS
  • Cost  effectiveness
  • Minimization  of significant  risks

  • Increased  transparency

  • Reinforced  customer  confidence

  • Streamlined  production

  • A continuous  improvement  process

  • Strengthened  relationships  with retail  distributors

  • Effective  control of  internal  processes and  minimizing  risk of failure

  • Active  member  of Sedex  Associate  Auditor

    Group (AAG)

BUREAU VERITAS OFFERS
  • Auditor Selection - Strengthened selection criteria are  employed to ensure that the service will be carried out by  qualified and competent auditors.
  • Risk assessment - In order to qualify the supplier and  help it develop, our auditors highlight good examples, as  well as non-conformities and observations throughout the  assessment and deliver a comprehensive report.
  • Simplicity - Bureau Veritas provides its partners with  the support necessary to comply with all requirements  throughout the process : from obtaining a Supplier Ethical  Data Exchange (SEDEX) registration number, through  completing the self assessment questionnaire (SAQ), upto  uploading the audit report into the SEDEX database.
  • Knowledge and Experience - We have worked and continue  to support retailers, brands and their supply chains.
  • Improved Factory Performance - Continuous improvement  driving suppliers quality management systems and quality  of manufactured products.
  • Technology Applications - Effectively support compliance  program execution and management.
FAQ

WHAT IS A THIRD-PARTY ASSESSMENT?

A third-party assessment is an audit performed by an independent contractor. It qualifies suppliers and manufacturers and helps to control the supply chain.

WHY SHOULD I PERFORM SUPPLIER AUDITS?

Having a thorough knowledge of suppliers is key to control your supply chain.

AIM Progress member companies have high Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  aspirations, including responsible sourcing, and need to:

  • Avoid issues such as poor labor standards in supply chains;
  • Take active measures to mitigate risks;
  • Be efficient and effective in implementing such measures.
AIM PROGRESS AUDIT COMPONENTS
  1. OPENING MEETING
  2. VISUAL INSPECTION
  3. DOCUMENTATION REVIEW 
  4. INTERVIEWS 1
  5. INTERVIEWS 2
  6. PREPARE REPORTS
  7. CLOSING MEETING
  • Explain the purpose, standard and requirements  of the audit.

  • Confirm availability of required documents.

  • Evaluate the working and residential conditions  of the workers.

  • Select additional employees for private interview  if need be.

  • Review payroll (hours worked & other) &  personnel records.

  • Environmental, Business Integrity and Health &  Safety related documents.

  • Private or group worker interview concerning  compliance issues.

  • Management interview concerning issues found  during document review process.

  • Auditors consolidate their findings and prepare  the Corrective Action Plan and Audit Summary  Report as provided by the Sedex Best Practice  Guidance.

  • Clarify any outstanding issues or questions with  the factory management.