|GSCP Reference tool for Auditing Competence|
The development of reference requirements and guidelines for Auditing Competence aims at ensuring that the relevant level of knowledge and skills is required and guaranteed for auditors. It will help increase the quality of the audit as well as the consistency between the auditors and the audit results which in turn will help send a clearer message to suppliers.
An Expert Working Group on Auditing Competence was formed in May 2009. The group is composed of ten experts drawn from the GSCP Task Force:
Please see below for the list of experts from external bodies (e.g. auditing and training bodies, initiatives) involved in the work on the Training Syllabus.
The GSCP Reference Tool for Auditing Competence was published in September 2010
The scope of the reference tools developed / in development by the Expert Working Group covers:
a. the recognition of auditing bodies;
Points a & b are regrouped into the reference tool for Auditing Competence, with the Training syllabus being developed subsequently.
The work of the group is coordinated by Kevin Swoffer, an independent consultant.
A. Reference tool for Auditing Competence (points a&b)
When the work started in May 2009, the EWG was aware that other efforts with similar objectives were carried out by other initiatives. The role of the GSCP Expert Working Group was first to compile, compare and analyse relevant existing practices in order to identify and build a consensus on best practices.
Then the Expert Working Group worked on ensuring good coordination with the initiatives working on the same topic, in order to make sure that a general consistent approach was built, to avoid duplication and ensure a wide reaching consensus on the reference tools for Auditing competence.
To this end, the existing landscape was taken into account. The initiatives already working on the definition of auditing competencies were mapped out and means were devised to ensure good coordination with them.
Targeted consultation: the EWG began by involving initiatives, auditing and training bodies in an initial round of consultation on the draft reference tool in order to gather their feedback in priority. Comments from these specialised consultees were analysed and consolidated into a further draft.
Public consultation: this further draft of the reference tool for Auditing Competence was then open to public consultation early 2010. The aim was to gather feedback from a global audience of companies and key stakeholders in order to ensure that the tools reference best practices and represent a broad consensus. The consultation was opened in December 2009 and ran until January 29th, 2010. At the end of the consultation phase, the Expert Working Group compiled and reviewed the comments received. They conducted a thorough analysis of these comments and reviewed the draft reference tool accordingly.
Advisory Board's input
The reference tool on Auditing Competence was published in September 2010.
As per GSCP methodology, the GSCP reference tool for Auditing Competence will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it keeps reflecting best existing practice. This review process is open for all to provide comments and recommendations, providing these reflect best practice and ensure the highest protection of workers and of the environment.
B. Training Syllabus (point c)
To work towards consistency in training requirements for auditors, GSCP is developing a reference training syllabus aimed at defining specific and relevant requirements for training of social compliance and environmental compliance auditors.
In order to move forward with the drafting of the Training Syllabus, ensure good coordination with initiatives working on the same topic and ensure that a general consistent approach is built, the Expert Working Group on Auditing Competence has decided to consult with auditing and training bodies, as well as relevant schemes and initiatives that perform third party audits. These experts, whom we thank for their involvement and participation, are the following:
A. Reference tool for Auditing Competence: reference requirements for the recognition of Auditing Bodies and reference requirements for recognition of Individual Auditors
Reference tool for Auditing Competence Version 1
Development of the draft guidelines: May to October 2009
First review of Reference tool for Auditing Competence
Consultation phase: 30th March – 15th June 2012
B. Training Syllabus