We-tek Ltd. is an approved verification body for SLCP.
SLCP refers to Social & Labor Convergence Project, which uses a multi-stakeholder and inclusive organization and approach. Signatories include manufacturers, retailers and brands, agents and audit firms/service providers, as well as organizations in the public sector, standard holders, civil society organizations and multi-stakeholder organizations with an interest in converging assessments and improving labor and social conditions.
The Higg FSLM assesses the social and labor conditions present in a facility and the effectiveness of social management programs. The Facility Social & Labor Module measures:
The Higg FSLM uses the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) Converged Assessment Framework to ensure consistency in assessment and measurement throughout the industry.
Recruitment and hiring
Wages and benefits
Health and safety
Facility workforce standards and those of value chain partners
External engagement on social and labor issues with other facilities or organizations
COC Factory Audit
We-tek provides 2nd party factory audit against the client's code of conduct(COC) or the standard developed by We-tek.
The whole process will include Opening Meeting, Document Review, Factory Tour, Worker Interview and Closing Meeting.
Auditors will hold an opening meeting with the facility contact, production and personnel managers. During this meeting, the auditors will explain the assessment process and answer questions.
Auditors will review of documentation including facility documents and employee related documents.
Auditors will conduct the factory tour of the facility to evaluate health & safety conditions, production capacity, use of subcontractors, waste water treatment, chemical and hazardous material containment, etc.. It will cover all production areas, warehouses, chemical storage houses, canteen and dormitories (as applicable). The auditors may take photos as necessary to document non-compliance areas, if any.
A sample of workers will be asked to participate in voluntary interviews conducted in private without management presence. These may be conducted as individual interviews or in groups. The number of workers sampled will be determined by the auditor on the day of the assessment. Workers will be asked general questions such as the facility’s hiring policies, length of employment, working conditions, employment practices, disciplinary policies, freedom of movement during non-working hours, etc..
At the conclusion of the audit, a meeting will be held with the designated facility contact, production and personnel managers. The auditors will review the audit results, answer questions, and provide law clarifications and references as necessary. A CAP will be provided that outlines the audit results, the recommended corrective actions to make future improvements, and recommended time for action to be taken. The designated facility contact will sign the CAP, confirm that he or she understands the findings, and makes any comments if any.