Social Accountability

Social Accountability Programs

Much like increasing awareness of GMOs, organic, and gluten-free standards in the food supply, consumers are beginning to put more weight on ensuring the products they purchase are sourced and produced ethically. From child labor and worker health and safety to forced labor and renumeration, social compliance standards cover a broad range of issues applicable worldwide. Achieving a social compliance certification can help a business in many ways, including an enhanced reputation and appeal to global buyers.

When it comes to social accountability in global industry, there are generally two schools of thought: accredited site-based certification and non-accredited supply chain based options. At PJR we are pleased to offer programs to fulfill both sides of the coin with the help of Accordia, from SA 8000:2014 to GSCP (Global Social Compliance Program) and SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit).


PJR is excited to have partnered with Accordia to offer our clients a wider range of Social Accountability certification options! Accordia is a worldwide social compliance monitoring and auditing firm founded in 2001. With their help, PJR is able to offer these programs:

  • SA 8000:2014

Standard based on international human rights norms and labor laws to protect and empower personnel. Applies not only to those who produce products or provide services for a company, but also suppliers/subcontractors, sub-suppliers, and home workers.

  • SMETA – Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit

Covering all four Sedex pillars – Labor, Health & Safety, Environment, and Business Ethics – SMETA is an audit methodology designed for suppliers to share one audit with multiple customers. This allows for multiple customer requirements to be met simultaneously, thus reducing duplication in auditing needs. This helps make SMETA one of the most widely-used ethical audit formats in the world today.

  • GSCP – Global Social Compliance Program

Aims to harmonize existing efforts for continual improvement of conditions across categories and sectors globally.

  • CTPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

As a part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) cargo enforcement strategy, CTPAT is a voluntary public-private partnership program intended to protect the supply chain, identify gaps in security, and implement specific measures and best practices for security.

  • WRAP – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production

Focused upon ethical production in the clothing industry, WRAP principles are based upon generally-accepted international workplace standards, local laws, and workplace regulations to cover everything from HR management and legal compliance to worker health and safety.