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
|Purpose and use|
Who can use the Equivalence Process?
All organisations that have an influence on supply chain monitoring at one level or another can use the Equivalence Process to benchmark their practices. This includes:
buying companies | initiatives | auditing bodies | certification bodies | standard setting bodies
standard-owning NGOs | public authorities
What's the purpose of the Equivalence Process?
1. drive continuous improvement in the content of standards while preserving their specificities > Step 1: the Self-Assessment
2. increase mutual recognition through objective comparison > Steps 2 and 3: the Equivalence Assessment and Share & Compare
Independent and objective third-party review of a user's Self-Assessment > validation of its accuracy and completeness by a Panel of Experts > allows users to share their assessment of equivalence with others. To enable:
- auditing bodies (ensure quality and consistency of audits)
The Equivalence Process will help users strengthen their compliance systems and validate their approach.