Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) was created to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of individual auditors and organizations performing independent social compliance audits, and to promote the use of independent social compliance audits as a tool to advance workplace conditions for workers globally. APSCA's certification process will ensure auditors have consistent training, education, background checks, and demonstrated competencies which are standard requirements in comparable professional auditor associations.
Social compliance audits are often conducted by third party auditing firms and are a tool used by multinational organizations to assess their supply chain facilities compliance to local and international expectations on labor conditions. APSCA comes at a time when supply chains are becoming increasingly global and consequently the demand for social compliance audits will continue to increase.
The founding members of APSCA are leading social compliance firms, including Arche Advisors, Bureau Veritas,
ELEVATE, Intertek, SGS, RINA, TUV Rheinland, TUV Sud, and UL. The work is being overseen by IFIA and APSCA is currently a committee of IFIA.
APSCA's mission: to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.
APSCA is a practitioner-led initiative, aspiring to:
improve social compliance audit quality
support individuals and organizations carrying out audits
which will contribute to the improvement of workplace conditions.