Life would be much easier if one audit was acceptable for all! There are many reasons why buying companies like to do their own audits. These include:
- There is no single internationally agreed code of labour practice. Although many companies - particularly those in the UK - follow the ETI Base Code, some follow other codes that have been developed by different ‘labour standards initiatives'.
- Even where companies are auditing against the Base Code they often tag these audits on to quality and environmental audits.
- Audit methodologies are by no means 100% reliable - we often hear of cases where a supplier may be found compliant in one area by one buying company, while another will find them non-compliant. Buying companies often don't trust other peoples' audit reports for that reason.