In their words
Rajan Kamalanathan, Vice-President Ethical Standards - Walmart
Armineh Mardirossian, Group Manager CR, Community and Sustainability - Woolworths
Karin Bogaers, Advisor Product Integrity - Royal Ahold
George Jaksch, Senior Director Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs - Chiquita
|Key steps & timeline|
The 7 key steps of the Equivalence Process
You'll find here below the key procedural steps involved in the use of the Equivalence Process (the Process flow) - click on the titles for details. You can also download a pdf version of the Process flow.
1. Starting the processWithin the Equivalence Process platform, the User:
2. Self-Assessment (SA) – preparation and executionThe User:
Equivalence Assessment Panel“Ad-hoc working groups which are formed to perform an Equivalence Assessment.”
To deliver an objective assessment of the accuracy of the User’s Self-Assessment.
Selection & appointment
Proven track record in social and/or environmental responsibility and/or related fields
4. Equivalence Assessment (EA) – preliminary reviewThe EA Panel:
The Panel Coordinator:
5. Equivalence Assessment (EA) – Panel reviewThe Panel:
6. Equivalence Assessment (EA) – sign-off procedureThe GSCP
Option 1 - The SA is validated with no request for change
7. Share & CompareThe User:
the Links serviceThe Links service enables a User which uses collaborative tools (e.g. owned by an initiative) to be granted access to the Equivalence Assessment of these tools by this initiative. Once access to these results is granted, the User will be able to share and compare these results, along with the Equivalence Assessment for its own tools (if applicable), with other Users of the platform.
Company A is a member of Initiative X. Company A has its own supplier code of conduct and uses Initiative X’s audit process.
For the supplier code of conduct: Company A “shares and compares” directly with Company B.
For the audit process:
The GSCP has estimated typical timelines for the completion of each step of the Equivalence Process. Please note that these are indicative as the actual time required can depend on: the number of tools put through the Process; the complexity of the User's standards and tools; the time and resources that the User decides to allocate to the gap analysis and potential improvement actions; internal processes etc.
The picture below give a general overview of the process flow timeline - details can be found in this presentation.