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OVERVIEW OF AUDITS AND ASSESSMENTS
Partner Africa is an international not-for-profit social enterprise recognised by global brands and ethical trading bodies to carry out ethical audits of producers across Africa and the Near East. We audit against a range of ethical standards including the SMETA 2 and 4 Pillar, ETI base code and individual supplier codes of conduct. Driven by a social mission to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable workers we implement a participatory approach to auditing.
We use a combination of participatory methodologies that enables workers to take a more active part in the audit process. Workers can freely explain the true nature of their working conditions, without the need for high levels of literacy, or from fear of reprisals from management. Our participatory approach also enables auditors to understand the root causes of specific and often more sensitive issues, such as exploring sexual harassment or discrimination.
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Testimonials “Partner Africa is Marks and Spencer’s preferred auditors in Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco and we are looking to work with them in more countries. Their approach to auditing and working with local people provides the site with a good baseline and a concrete action plan on next steps. Partner Africa are also great at providing practical support in training, implementing and managing projects and we have found this service useful to support suppliers.”- Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Marks and Spencer. “Working with Partner Africa truly has been a team effort. Their monitoring process includes a more consultative approach, including meetings with worker representatives, which we have found to be extremely beneficial to us as well as to our factories.” - Desta Raines, Manager, Jones Apparel Group