Social Responsibility

Increase social impact and mitigate supply chain risk through social responsibility scheme management, auditing and verification.
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NSF’s global team of industry-leading technical experts can help you implement responsible business practices that demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and a transparent and ethical supply chain. We bring our global expertise to the local level and provide:

  • Supplier assessments: We conduct assessments to verify compliance by prioritizing rigor and efficiency while leveraging existing audit and compliance procedures for your suppliers.
  • Responsible sourcing strategy development: We create a strategy that helps manage supply chain risks, protect security of supply and enhance brand reputation.
  • Risk assessment or audit: We assess your supply chain to help you understand and map your vulnerabilities.
  • Roadmap design: We help you define objectives to guide your business to your responsibility targets.
  • Modern slavery: We can advise on your obligatory modern slavery statement, assess risk and surface issues. We offer training tools to raise awareness of the issue with your employees and supply chain.

Save time and money by streamlining regional and industry-specific social responsibility audits:

  • Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit(SMETA): One of the world’s leading organizations helping companies manage ethical sourcing, Sedex has 50,000 members in 150 countries and has gathered over 280,000 audits worldwide. We can guide you through the process, assisting you with your self-assessment or conducting your audit to demonstrate your adherence to good labor, health and safety, environmental and business practices.
  • Responsible Agricultural Company Certificate (CEAR): This program supports the rights of workers in Mexico and was developed by AHIFORES (International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance for Social Responsibility). The certificate ensures agricultural producers’ compliance to good labor and social welfare practices, infrastructure and services for workers and their families, and environmental protection.
  • GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP): This assessment of social practices on the farm focuses on workers’ health, safety and welfare. Designed to complement GLOBALG.A.P. certification, GRASP has helped 50,000+ producers upgrade their good social practices, assess their social management systems and demonstrate their compliance to their buyers.
  • Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA): This holistic offering identifies problems, usually through an independent third-party audit, and provides appropriate support and interventions, including awareness-raising and relevant capacity-building programs.

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