Training of consultants in CSR auditing

October 1, 2011

I just concluded the second workshop in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) training series in Cebu, the Philippines. After conducting a CSR awareness workshop in June with exporters and export marketing consultants, this time around, I teamed up with Klaas de Boer again for a CSR auditing workshop with the same consultants in Cebu. Aim is: to train consultants to be able to conduct pre-audits and advise companies on CSR policies and improvement plans.

Field visit
Key to the training was a field visit and a simulation of a CSR audit with 2 exporting companies in Cebu. The consultants organized an audit team, prepared an audit plan and conducted the audit using a checklist based on the BSCI code of conduct, ISO 26000 guidance document and ISO 14001.

It was a fascinating learning experience to both the auditee companies and the consultants, with management interviews, worker interviews, document verification and observations in various organizational units.

Towards the desired state
The findings were reported highlighting good practices and improvement areas indicating major and minor non-conformities where applicable. We worked on the gap analysis and the desired state and paid special attention to the creation of shared value with the subcontractors and the workers’ communities.

Altogether, we established a sound basis for the next stage: establishing and implementing a CSR policy and improvement plan. That will be part of our third workshop, to be conducted in December 2011.

To be continued!

Alfons van Duijvenbode

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