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Step 5: Monitor Compliance

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the personnel requirements for your auditing activities.
  • Know what tools your auditors need to do their job.
  • Decide how your company will schedule audits.
  • Understand the components and flow of a typical audit.
  • Learn good practices for managing, analyzing and using audit data.

Key Terms

Social Audit (“Audit”)—The process of examining a specific worksite’s compliance with the standards set in the company’s code of conduct. The term “audit” is used throughout the toolkit to refer to social auditing, but should not be confused with financial and other types of auditing undertaken by companies.

Monitoring—For the purposes of this toolkit, synonymous with auditing.

Social auditing is one of the key ways—in addition to engagement with unions/workers and grievance mechanisms—to obtain information about violations of your company’s code of conduct in your supply chain. Auditing uncovers problems; it does not solve problems. It is one piece of the larger social compliance system, and cannot and should not be done in isolation from stakeholder engagement, communication, remediation and the other steps in the process.

The links on the left-hand side of this page provide more information about social auditing. It is recommended that you read them in the order presented; you can move from one section to the next without returning to this page.

Note: Any references to companies or other non-governmental entities within this guide are only for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of those entities, their products or services by the U.S. Department of Labor.