Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Risk Assessment

 The BRCGS Marketing team interviewed Fiona Humphries, Technical Manager – Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing to find out the answers to the most common questions, regarding Ethical Trade and  Responsible Sourcing Risk Assessment guidance.


On 1 August BRCGS published Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Program to enable suppliers to demonstrate that the goods and/or services that they sell are produced ethically and that raw materials are sourced responsibly. A key part of the program is the Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing Risk Assessment.
BRCGS Marketing team interviewed Fiona Humphries, Technical Manager – Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing to found out the answers on most common questions, regarding Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing Risk Assessment guidance.


What is the Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing Risk Assessment?


FH : The Risk Assessment is based on 5 “Vital Signs” including senior management commitment, labour standards, health and safety, respecting human rights and corporate governance, with the purpose of providing sites with a “health check” of their ethical trade & responsible sourcing performance.


How it works?


FH: The Risk Assessment takes place on-site and can be delivered as a stand-alone assessment or bolted onto your existing BRCGS audit. It takes 4 hours to be completed by a fully trained product safety auditor. In fact, if the Risk Assessment is bolted onto your product safety audit then you will know the auditor already.
Once completed, your site will receive a star rating and assessment report that you can give your permission to share with your customers on the BRCGS Directory. It’s a simple, low-cost and effective way to monitor and improve the health of your business, as well as showing your customers that you take ethical trade & responsible sourcing risk management seriously. performance.
The great news is that the BRCGS cost is included in your annual service package which you have paid as a part of your existing product safety certification fee.
Please note that any costs associated with the execution of the Risk Assessment – e.g. auditors’ time etc – is NOT included and should be discussed directly with your chosen CB.


How it can be used?


FH: The Risk Assessment can be used as a starting point if you are new to ethical trade & responsible sourcing issues, helping you to identify where you need to reduce your risks. Equally, you might use it as a “readiness audit” to help you to prepare for a planned ethical audit. The Risk Assessment might also be requested by a customer who is seeking further assurance about site’s ethical trade and responsible sourcing practises, whether you are a new or existing supplier, or are hoping to be one in the future.


Where to find more information?


FH : To find out more about the Risk Assessment, please visit BRCGS Participate where you will find the Technical Information Guideline, together with a self-assessment that can be completed in advance.


How to request a Risk Assessment?


FH : If you are interested in having a Risk Assessment, please contact with your certification body to discuss how to proceed, particularly if you want to bolt it onto your next audit.